While some of it is now a haze, it’s her scream I remember most; a high -pitched scream filled with terror. I never heard my mother scream that way before. I looked at my sister whose face was nestled on my shoulder as she continued to sleep soundly. I turned to my brother who was standing right beside me and I remember the look on his face, it was as if Death had just summoned him. I realize now there’s no more a powerful force than the wrath of Mother Nature.
I was 10 years old when Hurricane Andrew hit. 22 years later, I’m still afraid of the
howling of the wind, always looking outside as my eyes seek the nearest tree. How violently the branches fold against the wind is my indication of what’s coming. It may seem friendly or mysterious to most, but to me it looks and sounds like the beginning of something bad.
Natural disasters are inevitable and through the years I have heard of many that remind me of Andrew, though the survivor’s experiences and situations may be vastly different. Many even make my story sound microscopic. There’s the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Katrina (2005) and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed over 230,000
people and affected 14 countries. A wave that, according to sources, travelled as much as 3,000 miles. So is surviving the earth’s most deadliest phenomena, “The Impossible” (now a major motion picture starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor) miraculous? Yes.
Here’s the real life story of the family who inspired the new film. It’s a remarkable tale of survival, dread, grief and loss. A story which encompasses the indestructible strength of the human soul.
Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? I would love to hear your story. Please feel free to comment.