Many of us “move-ins” and most of us “old timers” remember when, several years ago, a tornado did a sizeable amount of damage to our fair city. The Church of Christ worship center was damaged terribly, prompting the erection of the beautiful new building we see there now.
Minor damage was done to the buildings of First Baptist Church across Farm Road 51. Plenty of tornado damage was seen all over town.
We fellows at the coffee shop were talking about the weather today. Bobby Wilson was there.
I was reminded of a post-tornado conversation between Bobby and Dr. Dan Crawford, our interim pastor at First Baptist. Bobby told Dr. Crawford, “We never had weather like this before you came to our church.”
The tornado came on a Friday evening. Dr. Crawford and I were scheduled to attend the local football game. He arrived early and planned on going to the church office to wait until game time. He was on Farm Road 51 near the church and called on his cell phone to let me know where he was.
Suddenly he said, “Lightning just hit the Church of Christ building!” Then the phone went dead.
My wife and I had been listening to the weather reports. As much as we were concerned for his well-being, we were afraid to leave the house to check on Dr. Crawford. We eventually checked and he was fine, though it spun his car a bit.
All those “weather” thoughts this afternoon were prompted by Ken Jones. He said, “I cut a persimmon seed open this afternoon to see what the winter weather is going to be like.” I “Googled” and found the following:
- Cut open a persimmon seed. (Find persimmon fruit in your supermarket. It should be locally-grown to reflect your weather.)
- Look at the shape of the kernel inside.
- If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel.
- If it is fork-shaped, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter.
- If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect to be “cut” by icy, cutting winds.
- It’s best to use ripe seeds.
I guess the reason I didn’t know about the persimmon seed prognostication feature is this: We had no persimmons in West Texas. Barely had trees of any kind.
Reckon there’s a persimmon seed somewhere with an image inside that looks like a tornado?
Gerre Joiner is a semi-retired church musician and has lived in Decatur since 1999.