Winters was struck by an earthquake Monday morning Oct. 19. Remember, you heard it here first. In fact, I may be the only person who was aware of the event and here is the story. As I lay awake in the quiet of the night a rustling sound moved through the room, north to south.
At first I thought it was Sophie running beneath the bed and perhaps bumping the nightstands enough to make the lampshades rattle. No, she was still asleep at the foot of the bed. Then the thought occurred to me that it may have been a low magnitude earthquake. Google confirmed that indeed a magnitude 2.6 quake occurred at 3:15 a.m. with the epicenter located 7 miles from Winters.
Quakes of this magnitude are not normally felt. It was as if the earth had exhaled a breath. I can see how houses can be pronounced haunted when someone with conviction says, “I know something eerie passed through the room.” Mankind has a history of wanting to believe in supernatural forces and events.
And then there is the matter of the biblical teachings of a comforter, testator and revelator. In certain settings it has been my good fortune to have felt what I interpret as a confirmation of the power of the creation. This is not felt in a zealous frenzy or as a supernatural event but in the calm and deepest recesses of the mind and body. Perhaps you have had similar experiences when you have solemnly gazed at the glory of a star filled sky or the grandeur of the Tetons.
Such an experience may invoke the contradiction of how small and insignificant we are and yet the realization that it was all created for us.
Well, the secret is out, I sleep on Gramps bed. That seems civilized to me. But there are complications. I prefer to lie crosswise on the bed, and because I am admittedly long in the body I hear unending complaints about taking all the leg room. In my mind, this is offset by a complaint of my own.
Let me lead into it by asking, “Why is Gramps awake at 3:15 in the middle of the night rustling around and causing a disturbance?” It is not well known that as Gramps has gotten older there are certain necessaries that must be attended to more frequently than in the past.
Occasionally when there are a few scattered clouds and conditions are right as the sun sinks behind the mountain we can witness a beautiful sunset spreading its glory over Winters. I suggest that is the time to stop, put away our cell phones, and contemplate the magnificent beauty of it all.