Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The Tornado and A Lucky Penny

My 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.

That's a wonderful story, Bill, except I know we all are sad about the great amount of damage that many people are facing today. Your folks were unbelievably lucky. I always pick up pennies, but from now on when I pick one up I'll think of your dad!
!   Sunday, June 6, 2010
Tornadoes are amazing in what they destroy and what they leave untouched. Your dad certainly had his lucky day and I'm happy the story had a good ending. I feel for the people with the damage but it sounds like no one was hurt--just property. Great blog.
LGrant   Sunday, June 6, 2010
Bill. We were in dwight today. Scary stuff. Glad your family is safe. Check out for our coverage.
Ben H   Monday, June 7, 2010
Glad your parents are ok. That looks like it was a pretty bad storm.
dannie   Monday, June 7, 2010
That's a great story! I love it. In the 2006 Springfield tornado, the tornado skipped right over our neighborhood! There was really much damage except a few trees had to be moved or taken out.
Sarah G.   Monday, June 7, 2010
We had a tornado last year. Mom called me in a panic because the news was up in a helicopter showing the damage. I looked out the window (faces the back of my house) and nothing. So I come downstairs and look out the front....right across the street there was a TON of damage. There wasn't even a stray leaf in our yard! It is crazy how they do that (like someone else said). Glad everyone is safe and property can be replaced.
runt   Monday, June 7, 2010
Wow... that's wild how close it came!
girlcarew   Monday, June 7, 2010
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