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  • The day was December 23, 2011. I had been home from school for a couple of weeks and was beginning to grow weary of my loud and overbearing family. I had taken to locking myself in my room with my laptop and spending the days re-watching all of the Law and Order: SVU episodes on netflix.

    I was wearing headphones, so i hadn't even noticed the storm that was going on outside of my window, so when my mother bursts through my door screaming for me to get into the basement, I thought she was overreacting (she tends to do that).

    I looked at her like she was crazy then proceeded to groan and grumble as i took my time to put my computer to sleep, set in on the floor, and slowly mosey towards the basement. As I was walking down the stairs there was a loud crack of thunder proceeded by the house shaking more than ever before. I ran as fast as i could and dived into the crawl space with my mom, sister and two dogs. We sat there in silence not knowing what to say or what to do for what seems like hours. Finally I stood up and decided to go back upstairs to see the damage.

    When I opened up the door I was greeted by water raining down from the ceiling, no electricity, and the pounding of the storm that was still going strong outside. It wasn't until I attempted to open my bedroom door that I realized the true extent of the damage. Sitting there where i had been less than 2 minutes before was the 2 ton pine tree that had once sat outside of my window. Everything was destroyed and all I could think about was that if i had not listened to my mother when she told me to go to the basement, i would have been under that tree and probably wouldn't have made it.

    This was an enlightening experience, and i learned one very important lesson... Always listen to your mother.
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