Shelter From The Storm
--by mindyjourney, posted Aug 7, 2017
Our fishing/swimming excursion with visiting family to a nearby lake turned into a sheltering experience this afternoon.
It began with the day's forecast of no chance of rain in the Hills and turned into hail so heavy (thank goodness only pea-sized) that it looked like drifts of snow along the road.
When it first started to rain, we invited some families nearby to share the wooden shelter with us, where we had our stuff set up on the picnic tables. By the time it REALLY started to rain, with little rivulets cascading down the hill and across the shelter floor, we were pretty crammed in together.
Shivering under towels (temperature went from mid-80's to 49 quickly) we quickly became a little community, laughing and joking, finding out more about each other.
One family was from the Netherlands and after a year in the Boston area, had rented an RV and were traveling across the country in 4 weeks time, before having to return back home to the Netherlands.
So glad that I had tucked my Smiley RAOK purse with and was able to give them an origami Peace dove. Had a chat and wished them a safe journey on their travels and eventually back home.
This Irish Proverb kept running thru my thoughts as we were huddled together, "It is in the shelter of each other that people live."