Many years ago there was a commercial for Parkay margarine where someone tried to make Mother Nature believe that the Parkay was real butter. Mother Nature was not amused and she would declare “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” right before a lightning would strike and the wind would blow.
Well, here in the Midwest — someone must have played a similar trick on Mother Nature – and she is pissed off! We have had floods, tornadoes and heat waves to try the hearty souls of Midlands. We saw evidence of her anger tonight when we took a walk over the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge which crosses the Missouri River (or the Might Mo as some call her!).
Over the past 30 years of my life in Omaha, I have complained about how slow the Might Mo is compared to the wonderful mountain streams of Colorado. I can’t make that statement today — the river is running exceptionally fast and it has consumed the land on either side.
What was going to be developed into a river front park is now part of the river. The Lewis Clark Landing is only identifiable by the bright red umbrellas sticking out of the water like buoys. The river has ‘drowned’ three of the oversized bronze sculptures of men who depict and honor the working unions of Omaha. Flowers which are part of a concrete landing or now floating like islands in the water.
Mother Nature is so angry she has decided that this flood will last not a week or two – but 2-3 months! We are not planning on getting back our normal river banks until September! Sadly, Omaha is not the hardest hit by Mother Nature’s bad humor — entire towns along the river have been flooded and will have to rebuild their lives.
Remember these families in your prayers — and tell Mother Nature to knock it off and get over it already!