Siren song

July 05, 2006 by barbara

by barbara

Am I the only one who gets the creeps when the sirens go off at 1:00 on the first Wednesday of each month? They're running right now, fading some as they rotate away from us, growing louder and more piercing as they swing around our way.

More than once, I have wondered if there are sirens in Baghdad or Afghanistan. Note to self: Check this out with photojournalist friend, Linda.

I also think about my grands when the sirens blare, and wonder if grandmothers in the nations we have basically destroyed grab their grands and head for . . . where? Where would a safe place be in a nation whose buildings and shelters all have been reduced to rubble?

So far we're lucky. We have more buildings than terrorists in this country. Far as we know. More grands than they have bombs. But we also have a ruling party that doesn't give a horse's patoot about everyday folks.

The sirens have gone silent. Just a test. Am I the only one who gets the creeps when they go off?

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