On May 8, 2003, a small tornado touched down in Oklahoma City, OK. The residents of OKC and the surrounding areas all battened down the hatches and took cover. The patients at Lakeside Women’s Hospital continued laboring as if nothing was wrong. The path of the tornado that day* was far enough away that no precautions were necessary.
There in Lakeside Women’s Hospital, our own little tornado was born that day. She was #4 after a 4-year hiatus from having babies. At last, a baby was born when the other children in the house weren’t babies any more. Mom was feeling pretty old; Dad was feeling a little stressed. The three older siblings were just excited to have a new sister.
Today is 4 years since our little blonde girl was added to the family. We have enjoyed her smile and her laughs and the way she runs the show around here. She was a welcome change of pace to what was becoming our comfortable life. We are blessed by all our children, but today we say a special prayer of thanksgiving for our little tornado. She came in spinning, and she hasn’t stopped yet. Happy Birthday Charis!
*There was a tornado on May 9, 2003, that touched down close enough to the hospital that all of the new moms and babies had to be herded into the center hallway of the building. That was probably my strangest hospital experience in my 4 stays for childbirth.