The other day I had something happen that was kind of a “wake up” call.
A co-worker – who was on vacation in process of moving – called me at work. This is how the conversation went:
Co-worker: “Are you sitting at your desk?”
Rourke: “Yes – why?”
Co-worker: “I need you to bring up bring up MSN.com.”
Rourke: “Done. It’s up.”
Co-worker: “What’s going on?”
Rourke: “What do you mean? What’s up?”
Co-worker: “I am standing outside my apartment and there are planes everywhere. I have never seen so many planes in the sky at one time. Something must be going on.”
Rourke: “Well, I don’t see anything. I am sure they are just going to Charlotte.”
Co-worker: “Rourke – I am counting 15 planes coming from all different directions all heading the same way.”
Rourke: “That is a lot. If you hear of anything call me. If I hear of anything I will let you know.”
From that point we hung up.
I decided to go to my regular information site – FoxNews.com and see what I could find. I clicked on the “US” tab and there was a news announcement stating that there was a large fuel explosion at the Miami International Airport. I thought that maybe that was it – but doubted it. I called my friend back and told him about it.
Co-worker: “That might be it. We just saw 5 fighters go by flying the opposite way the planes are heading.”
Rourke: “You sure they were fighters?”
Co-worker: “No doubt about it. They were flying higher than the other planes but you could see them.”
I told him I had to go. Honestly I was getting nervous wondering if something significant was happening. I called my wife and when she answered this is how it went down:
Rourke: “Lisa – I need you to listen to me and if you do not understand you need to let me know.” I went on to explain everything my co-worker had told me. “If something has happened an you get wind of it – I need you to go pick up up youngest – then go get the oldest – and go straight home. This will be your responsibility. I will drive straight home and meet you there.”
Mrs. Rourke: “OK – what do you think it is?”
Rourke: “Probably nothing at all. Keep in mind that as long as we have cell phone service we can stay in communication – but if we do not have cell phones – just go to the elementary school and then to the middle school – then home. I will be there as soon as I can.”
She agreed and that was it.
Now – as I am sure you are aware it was nothing – a false alarm. Luckily. This “event” got my blood flowing and got me thinking as well. I need to get my wife on board with preparedness. She puts up with me, my blog, and the extra food and such – but she is certainly not a believer. If…..when something significant happens I need her to be ready and know what to do. Right now – the rest of the family is way to dependant on me.
Time to have THE TALK and see if I can get her to swallow the red pill.
Wish me luck.