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Rat-Nose. (Part Five)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, April 13, 2008

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More musings from the kid known as "Rat-Nose". He and his family have been displaced by a tornado: they are staying with relatives until the damage to their house can be repaired. He is none too happy about it.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 5:26 a.m., D.S.T., McKinney, Texas~

Dear Journal~

This is your friend, Mark Ratinauer (aka "Rat-Nose") writing.  Hope this finds y'all well.

As for me, I ain't worth a can of refried beans.  Ever since the storms of the other night (Wednesday night, early Thursday morn), I haven't slept all that much.  God, am I tired!!

We sustained some damage to our place; we're now staying with an uncle and aunt until repairs to our house can be completed.  We had some roof damage, and a tree crashed through the livingroom wall; made one hell of a noise! 

Scared us stupid; I about turned my pants brown!!

When I saw what'd happened, I felt sick inside my stomach.  I couldn't believe it.  The hail was baseball sized (what a noise THAT made!!), the rain was coming down sideways, and the wind was howlin'; y'all know it had to be doin' near (or just over) hurricane strength!  The tornado sirens were going off; you could hear 'em as plain as day!

What I don't get is this: the weather guys tell y'all to get to the nearest basement or to a center room when a tornado is approaching.  Well, that's all in good, but what if you don't even have a freekin' basement?? What do you do then??

It's enough to make me want to move to Alaska, where they don't even have tornadoes!!

Because of the family being displaced, we may not even go to church today.  Fact is, my Uncle Ramey and Auntie Ellen aren't church goin' people.  They don't believe in Jesus Christ; they say he's just an enigma.  Well, I have news for them; but tryin' to talk religion to them is like slammin' your head against a brick wall!  It's hopeless, absolutely hopeless!!

I don't know what I am going to do today: I guess watch the paint peelin' off the walls, watch the same ol' tired crappola on television, listen to the little brats whine because they miss their home, their toys!

Maybe I'll go to the skate park down the road from here; saw one when we were on our way to the relative's house. 

Yeah.  Sounds like a good plan of action: supposed to be beautiful weather until later next week; might as well take advantage of it!

I could skateboard all the live-long day!  I can shred concrete with the best of 'em.  (Tony Hawk, watch out! The Rat-Nose is out to dethrone ya!!)

Well, I gotta get back to sleep; it's too freekin' early to be up!! I'm startin' to get stupified in the head again.  Ya know how it is when y'all don't get the sleep ya need!  I don't know when I'll be able to write again, but hopefully when I do, we'll be back in our place. 

Until then, this is Mark (aka Rat-Nose) Ratinauer signin' off!  Take care and God bless!

~"Rat-Nose". :(





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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/13/2008
Karen this is a great write, thank you for sharing
God Bless
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 4/13/2008
Karen,AHHHhhhhhhhhhhhh!! If Rat Goes To Alaska He gets To Trade in The Tornado's For THE MAGNIFECENT NORTHERN LIGHTS!!I like your story Karen :)"I don't know what I am going to do today: I guess watch the paint peelin' off the walls, watch the same ol' tired crappola on television, listen to the little brats whine because they miss their home, their toys!"

Oh The Rough Life!! ;)
Embraced ~ Embrassé
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 4/13/2008
the adventures of Rat nose continues, never thought about tornados not being in Alaska, but then there's the polar bear, cold weather and wolves, there's always something, great story Karen. hugs
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 4/13/2008
Sad situation for a sweet little boy, how boring can it be to watch people peel off the walls, hopefully home finds him soon.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/13/2008
Poor Ratnose - he doesn't need any more problems! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/13/2008
Another good write Karen by one of your best characters. As for Uncle and Aunt although they may not believe in religion or in Jesus Christ, (Like myself I will admit) they must be good people who look after their friends, family and neighbours in times of hardship so they can't be all bad.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/13/2008
Hey Rat-Nose, long time no see (or hear) busy busy busy trying to finish my book and publish it next coming days.
Sorry about your leaking roof, but, you can cry Uncle! and he will be there to help; don't worry thing will be getting better.


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