So the Midwest has this thing called weather.
Right now it is pouring rain, with lightning and thunder — the National Weather Service is calling all of the following:
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Severe Weather Statement
The cars on the street outside sound like they’re driving through four inches of water. And not five minutees ago I was treated to an incomprehensible banging sound from all directions, as though the house were made of corrugated metal and an army of neighborhood children were pelting it with pebbles. Hail. Serious hail. Hard tto tell how big, exactly. I sure hope that, when it’s safe to go outside, my car proves to be unscathed. (Joe just came home and reports that the hail was maybe an inch in diameter, and that all the car alarms around the Union were going off.)
For now, I’m going to sit here and enjoy my soup, and the hushing of the drenched streets.