I guess I just always assumed we'd move, eventually. Maybe to a place we'd lived before, maybe somewhere new—maybe even back to Wisconsin, where I'm from.
But I realize now that building a house has changed that. Made it official. More official even than my Oklahoma-themed t-shirts have made it. This is where we live now, and for the foreseeable future, it's where we will stay.
Whether it's good, bad or indifferent, here we are. One thing about Oklahoma? The weather. That seems like a vague statement, but if you're even a little bit familiar with the state, you get it. People here are really connected to the weather. We watch the weather coverage on TV like it's a reality TV show all of its own.
I should have known that I'd become an Oklahoman when I went to Wisconsin several years ago to visit family in December. The streets were thick with ice and snow, and more was to come. But the schools weren't closed. The weather wasn't reporting 24/7; instead, my sisters were watching Wheel of Fortune or something and talking about going out for pizza. Had we been in Oklahoma, it would have been all weather, all the time, highlighted by a few reports of how the local big-box store was out of milk and bread.
The skies in Oklahoma are big—huge, even. The clouds are plentiful. At Science Museum Oklahoma with my kids last month, we walked through the weather exhibit. There's plenty of Oklahoma-relevant information, including an exhibit on tornadoes and earthquakes and even a mock newsroom weather center, where this installation was on the wall:
I don't think this is enough types of clouds to accurately represent the types of clouds I see in the sky on any given day. So I thought I would share these images of my own. All of these were taken by me around town this spring and summer.
|This spring, we had unprecedented rainstorms. When the clouds finally broke, it was spectacular.|
|Mamatus clouds, like balloons in the skies, hang heavy with rain.|
|It's rare that there is only one type of cloud in the great, big sky. Usually you see at least two, like here.|
|Sun setting over cloudy skies.|
|There's nothing like feeling you're driving into something horrible.|
|Another striking shot of the sun overtaking gloomy clouds.|
|You know you're an Okie when this on TV is just a regular spring time day.|
|Another glorious end to a cloudy day.|
|And some days, when you need it most, you find your rainbow (this one's a double).|