(Sunday, July 27th, 1997)
Very early this morning we had a terrific electrical storm. When the electricity in the house went out, I grabbed my flashlight and went downstairs to help Anne and John come upstairs (it was pitch dark down there). They were pretty frightened. The storm was pretty impressive.
I put them on the floor with pillows in Beth and Laura's room. All 5 of us (me & the kids) were in there.
At one point the lightening triggered a battery operated toy in the hallway, which played a little tune...then silence. I could feel the hair on my arms beginning to stand on end (weird sensation). There was another hiss of thunder-- and it really "hissed", like something hot or angry. A brilliant bolt of lightening triggered the smoke detector, which gave a few surprised little beeps.
In the darkness, punctuated by bright white streaks of lightening, I heard Beth's little voice speaking to Anne: "I sure am g'wad you're laying beside me, or I'd be scared."