After The Storm
Beth sat down at the window, the
morning fog was rising, it was so beautiful. The sun sparkled upon
the ground. There were still little puddles of water everywhere, the
sun glisten like little diamonds on top of each one. How could
anything so beautiful come from such an awful storm. Fear gripped
her heart, Glen was still out there trying to salvage something, he had
gone out at 4 AM and had not returned yet. As she sat there
she realized how much she loved him and how she couldn't imagine life
without him no matter where they lived, what was important was they were
She remembered how nervous she was, she lived in a big city and had always
been near to everything and had it handed to her. She was working at a
Cattleman's Convention as registration hostess. She wanted to learn
more about farming and volunteered to help. She was thinking how
handsome he was, like he stood out from all the rest, he was over
6feet tall and had the biggest brown eyes. He smiled at her as he
wrote his name down and then he looked up and said, "Lady, you're the
prettiest little philly I have ever seen, if you were mine, I'd put you in
the best barn and even give you running water" . They both
laughed and just the sound of his voice made her feel all soft inside.
Every time he came by he would wink at her. Finally after the
convention he ask her out for coffee and she said yes and after that she
knew she loved him and was heading for the best barn in the county and
hoped it had running water.
Back to now ,she thought she didn't know when he would come back, they had
a terrible argument before he left. When the storm hit the power
lines it knocked out the power, Glen had put kerosene lamps everywhere and
brought in plenty of logs to go on the fireplace. He told her he had
to go and check the others in the surrounding area. Beth said no, he
should stay there with her, he was always checking on the neighbors and
she was afraid . He said "you will be fine, there is enough
logs to last for days and I won't be gone long" She just turned
her head and didn't speak to him as he left, he still kissed her and said
"I won't be gone long".
He was always going down to old man Jones's house and cutting wood for
them so he wouldn't have to, and fix up around his place and the Langley's
had came here from Britain and couldn't speak good English, so he was
going over there every Saturday and teaching them to speak English.
She felt so all alone some times. The Thompson's had three
kids and he was out of work so Glen took food to them till he got a job,
even worked him around the ranch doing odd jobs he could do himself.
Glen was always doing for others. She was really feeling sorry for
herself and then all of a sudden she heard it....the wind blew so hard it
broke a branch off the old oak tree CRASH! She felt the house shake,
it had hit the back part of the house. Beth got up and ran to the back
part of the house to see the damage.
"Oh no"! she cried, she could see outside, it had
completely torn the end of the house off, where was Glen when she needed
him? She sat down and cried and then she got angry with herself and
thought 'no use crying, I have to do something'. She got blankets and
hammer and nails and nailed a cover over the wall to protect her and the
rest of the house then sat by the fire and fell asleep. She was wakened by
a banging on the door, it was Glen, the lightening had frighten the horse
and he had fallen to the ground, his arm was cut real bad and he was wet
and shaking. She grabbed a blanket and sat him by the fire. He had
nailed some boards over the windows of Old man Jones's house, the wind
busted them out. He went over to the Langley's and help them put the
animals in the barn. Mr. Thompson was at work so he took Mrs. Thompson and
the kids to her Mothers to stay.
Poor thing, she thought, there he was doing all he could for them and this
happen to him. She told him about the tree and she was crying, he said
"Honey, I built this house and I can fix it, don't you worry.
As soon as the waters go down and I can get to town, I'll fix it".
She was just so happy to get Glen back it didn't matter. She kept
logs on the fire and kept him warm so he wouldn't get sick. Three
days had passed and he was still running a temperature but feeling a
little better. They were sleeping and all of a sudden they woke up and
heard banging and hammering and sawing. They both ran to the back of
the house and there were all the neighbors, they said "we would
have been here earlier but had to get the road fixed before we could get
the lumber here, but we'll have her fixed before the day is over".
Beth began to cry, how selfish she had been, she knew now what she had
missed not being as good a neighbor as her Glen. She started
breakfast for all the workers and knew from then on she was a changed
© By Harriett Dash 2001