Cherishing basement storm time

Some may think heading down into the basement is a nuisance when the tornado sirens go off, but I kind of enjoy it.

It’s a way to get our whole family in a close space together and see what happens. Our one child, who is of talking age, always has such inquisitive questions about the storm.

It is cute that she wants to bring her baby doll down to the basement to protect her too.

I have fond memories of when she was littler and smiled as she nestled up to mommy and daddy in the same basement bed during a storm. The uncertainty always brings a little extra cuddling among family members.

We have learned that the television news can be somewhat unsettling for a 4-year-old during a storm. After seeing all the tree damage in other parts of the state on TV Sunday night, she said.

“I don’t want a tree to fall on me.”

After I assured her she was safe in her room, it seemed like she was OK with it and went to sleep.

The 1-year-old was especially excited Sunday night to be opened up to a new world of toys in the basement at a time of night when he usually would have been in bed.

My childhood home didn’t have a basement, so when things got dicey outside we had a less social place to hang out. That was my two brothers and I lying underneath our kitchen table away from the windows.

Not exactly my idea of fun, especially when I was a scared kid. This was in extreme situations and looking back I’m not sure how safe it actually was. Luckily, we never had to find out.

Now, can you see why a little trip to the basement isn’t too bothersome to me? We were back upstairs after the tornado warning subsided and the kids only missed a few minutes of sleep.

Glad to here the storm that forced this last trip to the basement was not as bad as some thought.

I call that a win-win. Some quality family time in the basement and finding out that we avoided any damage outside.

Thank a veteran

There will be plenty of opportunities to honor veterans on Monday, so make a note and go to a service or two on Memorial Day. I think it’s the least we can do for what they have done for our country. Being able to take the Honor Flight with so many World War II veterans last year only made me respect these heroes even more.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or