My blog series about fear continues with this post by Nancy Viau:
never been frightened by the usual suspects: spiders, ghosts, strange
places, large crowds, or even public speaking. But give me a booming,
crackling, spine-tingling thunderstorm and you’ll see anxiety written on
face as if in permanent marker. (As you can imagine, I am not the
parent who calls her kids to the window to gaze at the wonder of a
My fear dates back to my camping days where only a tent
protected me from electric bolts streaming from the sky. My dad shuffled
the entire family into the station wagon on these nights. The message
was clear: Storms. Are. Dangerous! A later run-in with lightning
convinced me. It happened when I was a lifeguard. Seconds after I got
the swimmers out of the water, a bright bolt hit the high dive and
landed within several feet of me. And if that wasn’t enough, when living
in Florida, I met a man who was actually struck by lightning, twice!
(Are you kidding me? Yikes!)
a particularly scary storm in 2009, I remembered how I handled this
fear as a child. As soon as I saw lightning, I counted the seconds until
the thunder. And so on that evening I counted, but I did something
else, as well. I listened—really listened—to the storm. It was intense
and oh, so loud, but it also had an unmistakable rhythm. And in that
rhythm, my story was born.
Thunder claps outside the door.
Boom. Boom. Bang!
Rumble, rap, roar!
make STORM SONG appealing to children, I focused on the comfort found
inside a home. When the electricity goes out, the children play games,
eat snacks, and pass the time cuddling with Mom and the family pet. If
my book puts children in a happier place when threatening weather moves
in, I will have made something good come out of my fear. And the best
part? A storm, like all songs, eventually comes to an end. (Thank
Storm soon roams across the hill.
Nancy Viau is the author of three nature-inspired books: Look What I Can Do! (about sweet animals from the forest who are not at all scary), Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in her Head (about an out-spoken, rock-loving scientist), and Storm Song (which Nancy will read to herself at the first flicker of the lightning).