Friday, June 3, 2011

A Stormy Sunday Evening in Ohio

The weather, for the most part, cooperated while we were in Ohio.

We were preceded by rains so long and heavy that lawns were like ponds and farmers and gardeners worried about getting their seeds planted. After we left, strong tornado-like winds whipped down branches and scared a small neighborhood a few miles from my parents' house.

But the sky was blue and the sun was out that Sunday afternoon, when my parents hosted a big family get-together and potluck. Two-thirds of the three-car garage was filled with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents snacking and chatting. The other one-third was reserved for the ping-pong table and the many duels we challenged each other with.

After everyone had left, however, we could see dark clouds barreling over the farmland, quickly coming to a rest over rural Defiance. I could feel the first raindrops as I took my last photo, but the shower didn't last long. The bark was worse than the bite.

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