The Tornado and A Lucky PennyMy parents are very lucky today. My Dad isn't superstitious, but on Saturday afternoon we had to stop at the Ace Hardware in Elmhurst. He helped me install an electrical outlet in our basement. I didn't have any nails, so we headed down the street to the store. When we left the car and walked through the parking lot, he leaned over to pick up an extremely green penny.
"Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck," he said. It was face-up, too.
When we were checking out, the total came to $3.01. I gave the cashier $4. My Dad joked that he wasn't going to give the penny. Whatever. Just a Dad being a Dad. We finished the outlet and took my Mom and Dad to dinner. Afterward, my parents stopped at The Container Store and made the hour-long drive home.
Around 9:30 p.m., my Dad called me to say that a tornado ripped through Dwight, Illinois. That's where my parents have lived since I started high school. They said they arrived home about 10-15 minutes before the weather alarms sounded. About 10 minutes after the alarms, the tornado rolled through their town. In fact, the funnel cloud rolled down their street. It destroyed a trailer park, ripped apart the Little League fields, and ripped the roof of the high school. They called me to say that their house wasn't damaged in the least, but I said I would be down on Sunday to help clean up.
When I arrived on Sunday morning, the clean up had already begun. We walked to a few sites and I grabbed some photos. Talk about luck. From the look of the damage, the tornado rolled directly down their side street. They live at a corner, and apparently, the tornado decided to turn right rather than left. Just a few tree limbs came down.
My Dad said, "I'm sure glad I grabbed that penny in the parking lot yesterday."
I can't agree more.