2011 #10

July 13, 2011

Sovereign...16x20 acrylic on panel and cut paper...03 July 2011

I have been thinking a lot about tornadoes this last spring.  As a Kansan, tornadoes have always been a part of my life.  Not physically, but the idea and possibility.  We have our movie, our drills at school, our monthly siren test, our keen sense to identify tornado weather, our family rituals during the warnings, and our over-the-top storm coverage from local media.  We have a love affair with the tornado and we long to see one someday as long as it is safe and out in the farmland.

I remember my freshman year at the University of Kansas the sirens were going off and we were instructed to the basement of our dorm.  But a large group of us traveled up to the 7th floor to look out the windows facing southwest.  The 7th floor in Lawrence is probably one of the highest elevations in Kansas and a perfect lookout over the plains.  We saw some wild thunderstorms and cloud formations, but we did not see a tornado.

And then there is Joplin.  Wow!  That is real.  Not this romantic version of something terribly wonderful, but just terrible.