I currently reside in a relatively new area, near the coast. We moved in February 2003. Before we moved in, during the building process of our home, (built from scratch by my awesome dad. I even laid some bricks for the fireplace wall) we’d camp out at “the plot” and spend great summer days with the family. During the night we’d hear the ocean roar and the sound was as soothing as a lullaby.
9 years later, its not as soothing. Not to me, especially not at night. Thanks to the 2004 Tsunami I can safely say that anyone who lives within view of the ocean has had at least one dream/nightmare about their house being engulfed by a huge wave.
I said dream at first because once I actually dreamed I opened my 2nd story bedroom window to find the ocean at my fingertips. I wasn’t scared, instead I was envying the guys surfing on the waves passed me because I wish I was as good at surfing as they were.
The day Cape Town had a ‘tsunami scare’ (was it this year?) everyone kept joking about how they have their sail boats and boogie boards ready. I don’t find that funny at all.
During a recent thunder storm, the thunder was much louder than usual. I was up almost all night praying for the loud sounds to stop. (I’m such a phobic- scared of insects, scared of worms, scared of moths, scared of ghosts, scared of SOUNDS)
Last night I woke up to a peaceful silence, only to suddenly, out of nowhere hear a loud roar coming from the ocean. I cringed! It was no use looking out the window because all you’d see is black where the sea is.
At times like those its natural to think about what you’ll grab first; Food? Clothing? My mom once said she had a dream about a tsunami and the first thing she did was grab her jewelry (typical). All I know is Ill grab my son. After that I imagine I’d jump into my car and drive like there’s no tomorrow. If its too late to drive I’ll climb onto the highest part of the roof and hold onto the chimney REAL tight.
I suppose one can never be prepared for a disaster like that but just for reassurance, we have a dinghy on the deck!