From a very young age my son has had a fasination with tornados At age 4 I bought him the movie twister. We text each other movie quotes from that movie all the time...on April 27th 2011 His fasination turned into a fear for good reason This is the story....

As most of you know my kids live with their dad in GA..Anyways early am at about 445am Wednesday morning it was my daughter she was freaking out telling me the sky was green. I told her to get undercover luckily the storm wasnt too bad and it got sunny and dried up. I had been talking to the kids on and off more then usual then I normally do. It was nice we talked about different things my son mostly told me about his 1986 Trans Am he has been rebuilding. I have always been a weather channel watcher so I was watching it intently especially after that morning when Kay called.. I watched the storms on the radar both on the tv and online and the path it was taking I knew that they were gonna issue a tornado watch for NW Georgia...I wasnt too alarmed tornado watches were common for late April in Georgia. But something made me feel uneasy.I was watching Dr Greg Forbes live footage of the tornado that was bearing down on Tuscaloosa Alabama and then I saw that it was headed to Birmingham and then the super cells that started popping up all over the radar for Mississippi Alabama Georgia and Tennessee.I sitting in my room in California completely safe was scared shitless for ANYONE in the path of those monster storms. Around 815 I was freaking out my son was on the phone telling me that the sky was turning I was watching it on the weather channel and I knew it was gonna be bad. I hung up with him real fast and called my exhusband and told him that the weather was gonna get bad he was like you worry too much and that I was interupping his lunch break with his finace. So I called my son back  telling him to get his sister and go to the neighbors they have a basement unlike my kids home which is a trailor The neighbor wasnt home but they left the door unlocked this was one instance where I didnt think they would mind the kids entering their home my daughter was hysterical I was trying so hard to keep my head. She kept saying I love you mama I love you so much please tell everyone I love them and started talking nonsense. My son cried and he never cries hes like Im so scared mom what if we die what if I never see you again I swallowed the huge ass lump in my throat and took control and said your not gonna die and then we prayed (we are not religious) but we asked God to spare their lives and then I heard this horrible roar and the phone went dead...I fell to pieces I just held my phone with their voices running through my head I sat and cried so hard I called my best friend Chrissy in VA and cried on her shoulder. For the next 14hrs I didnt eat sleep I didnt leave my house I couldnt I was glued to the tv watching the footage unfold watching waiting and hoping. I called the redcross I called friends and family I blew up his cellphone telling them I loved them I finally ran out of room on their voicemail. Its the worst feeling ever to not know. I got a call that my kids were found at the FT Olgethorpe shelter after being stuck in the basement. But that my daughter lost her best friend and we lost our uncle. I feel so helpless I dont even reconize Ringgold anymore. I see the pictures and Im like is that and then Im like no....We lost a good friend a great man but more then anything we lost our heart..Our home...Our town..I know that Ringgold will rebuild that city is strong and the people there are amazing. God Bless Ringgold!!! 

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Apr. 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

This is so sad. I am sorry. I will be praying for your family. 


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Apr. 30, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Am so sad you have lost your uncle, but the good news you kids are alive thank to god for hearing your prayer

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May. 1, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Man O Man....... i can not even imagine what you & your kids went through in those few minutes that i am sure felt like Forever.. and then another 14 Hours.. i am so glad that they are Safe & so sorry for the loss of your daughters Best Friend & your Uncle- i am so sorry to everyone that has had to deal with this devastation of the Tornado's- Saying a Little Prayer for all of you-

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May. 1, 2011 at 7:33 AM

I am glad your kids are safe but so very, very sorry for your losses.  Ringgold has a long road ahead of it.


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May. 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I am so sorry for your losses and will pray for your family. I'm glad your kids are ok and can't even imagine the hurt you must have felt when you didn't know how they were. I think my whole world would just shut down until I heard that they were ok. That must have been an awful experience and I hope you never have to go through anything like it again.

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May. 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I've always been afraid of storms. I;m glad your children are okay.

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May. 1, 2011 at 6:40 PM

sorry for your loss but I am so glad your kids called you and found shelter.

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May. 1, 2011 at 8:55 PM

sorry for your loss, yet at the same time greatful your kids are okay!

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May. 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I am sorry to hear that. I was in Columbus, GA with my daughter when it all happened, but my husband was stuck in Ringgold. He too, did not want to listen to the warnings, and barely made it to the house before the twister hit. The building he was in 2 minutes prior to the tornado was flattened in seconds. It was very scary. 

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