Last night we have some severe storms roll through. I’ve noticed that we don’t get a lot of severe thunderstorms in this area, whereas down south when I lived in Georgia they seemed more commonplace. (Don’t worry, we make up for it up here with snow.) I had almost forgotten about how intimidating a severe storm can be – jumping from being startled by a sudden, loud crack of thunder. Hearing the wind howling outside. Needing to comfort one freaked out cat.
Some friends of mine love thunderstorms – I don’t quite get why (I’m guessing something about the power of nature, or something), but I always get to thinking about the destructive power of them. Especially when people are caught off guard by a sudden and violent storm, people’s lives can be at stake.
This, to no surprise, got me thinking about life in general. Storms hit all of us from time to time, and as parents, you have to deal with multiple storms on multiple fronts, coming from different directions. Some people seem to weather the storms better than others. Some people need to have that flashlight in hand ready to go in case the power goes out. Some people obsess over the radar and watch the storms coming, some people just let it wash over them. Some need to be comforted from the storms, some need to comfort others because of the storms, and some need to do both.
You know what – let’s just face it. Children and thunderstorms are pretty much the same thing.
- Both can unleash a tremendous amount of energy in a short period of time
- Both will make sudden large noises that cause you to jump out of your skin
- Both take preparation to survive
- Both can either unleash their energy without much notice, or you can see it building over time
- Both can have warning signs they’re about to explode, or it might happen for no reason at all
- Both can cause destruction wherever they go
- Both can scare pets
- Both can be terrifying
- Both can be beautiful
And if you don’t think Children and Thunderstorms have much in common…wait till they’re teenagers 😀
It’s not easy trying to parent a thunderstorm – often the best you can hope for is to guide the thunderstorm on a less destructive path rather than hope to contain it. In fact, it’s easy to start to think, “why even bother?”
Because here are two more important ways children and thunderstorms are really the same thing – both inspire awe in each of us, and both have the potential to shape the Earth for a generation to come.