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Answering the Call of Thunder

Ernie the PugLast night we had a thunderstorm which was part of the remaining weather system that spawned the tornado in Oklahoma. Even though the thunder and lightning was enough to make us jump out of bed and turn on the television to make sure there were no twisters in the neighborhood, I felt a little guilty about being worried about a regular occurrence in our area.

At any rate, we were fine and the good news is, it rained so I won’t have to water my newly planted blooms for a couple of days. Even better, the humidity cleared out, and this morning, we are blessed with a beautiful day.

The only disturbing fact about the storm was, Ernie — my pug for you new readers — decided he needed to scare away the loud, growling nuisance that was outside by barking. This dog is only 23 pounds, but he thinks he’s a bull mastiff. He stood up on Ken’s pillow, his fur standing up along his back, and gave the thunder his best effort. So now, we not only have the natural sounds coming from outside, we have a barking dog in our bed.

In his mind, Ernie thinks he needs to protect us at all times. Ernie barks at a lot of things. Like when there’s another dog on the television screen. Like cars going past our home. Who would figure that this little squirt would become so protective of us. The only problem is, if he gets a chance to sniff the intruder, he settles down and goes to sleep!

Giving Ernie his due, this little dog is the best doorbell a person could want. And that’s a good thing because our door bells bit the dust shortly after we moved into this house eleven years ago. Ernie alerts us whenever someone parks in front of our house, walks on our sidewalk and heaven forbid, comes up the ramp. You would swear the SWAT team was surrounding our house when the mailman comes up the ramp to drop the daily bills in our mailbox.

What I want to know is, how do we convince him that God is really not calling when it thunders outside?

Effects of Rain and Other Sounds


It’s a horrible spring day. The second one in a row. Rain has come down in transparent sheets for over 24 hours. The temperatures are only in the 30’s. Flood warnings are out. Basements are flooding–so far, not mine. According to the television, we’re on “weather watch” — whatever that is. There are crashes on the roadways and many delays. Thank God, I don’t have to fight that good fight any more.

Ernie woke up barking at a crack of thunder at 4 a.m. Needless to say, the rest of us were awakened, too. I shoved his little furry body under the covers to soften the blow of the weather outside, and we both went back to sleep for a couple of hours. I got up at six, took the trash out in between the raindrops, and then drove to a friend’s house to take him and his wife to the hospital. Today’s he’s facing surgery, and of course, he grumbled about having to get up so early on such a day just to have surgery. The dreary, no-let-up weather makes it seem like nothing is right with the world.

But if you’ll keep a secret, I’ll tell you I kind of like the sound of the rain hitting the roof. I find it soothing. It reminds me of when I was a little girl sleeping in a tent for the first time when I was eleven years old. The sound lulled me to sleep then, and it has the same effect on me now. Trains rumbling down the tracks have the same effect because I lived less than a block away from the railroad tracks when I was growing up.

Describing the feelings specific sounds, smells, and touches can have is a tough thing to describe when writing. But like in real life, these experiences have a keen effect on us, so using sensory images is an important skill to show in your story; it is an essential element of good writing of any kind.

So the next time you’re kept in the house like Ken and I have been for the past couple of days due to horrendous downpours, darkness, cold temperatures, or a dog barking at thunder, catalog your feelings for use on a good writing day. You’ll be glad you did.

Happy writing everyone!