(I don't know if you heard. We had an earthquake around these parts on Friday, March 28th. Nothing like the one in Chile, of course.)
By Monday, I had just about forgotten about it. (Don't get me wrong. It was a good sized one. And it went on for a long time. But by Monday other things were on my mind.) So much so that it took me a good two minutes to realize that the shattered picture on the floor of the science classroom was earthquake damage.
And then I put it out of my mind again.
"We had three earthquakes in the last twenty minutes."
Said a girl as she walked in for third period. (Sure, we have earthquakes all the time. Just not ones that anyone feels.) Another girl followed this first girl in the room, and they compared earthquake apps on their phones.
The first girl was skittish. She said she didn't like earthquakes and the one Friday night made her cry. Her father found the app for her. Although, I don't know how that was supposed to make her feel better.
Students were everywhere when the quake hit. One said he and his girlfriend were on his computer watching a movie (and he let her exit the room first). One girl was already in bed (which her classmates called boring, but they seemed to have expected it of her). One boy admitted to being on the toilet (which apparently his mother found hilarious).
Then there was the conversation about "The Big One". And they reviewed what they had learned about earthquakes in their Earth Science class (two to three years ago for them as they were all juniors and seniors).
With all the earthquake talk, someone had to make a silly comment.
"What's an earthquake?"
A girl turned towards the boy and offered this reply: "It's when a woman is born with an extra eye."
That got laughter. The girl explained that when someone asks a stupid question, she gives the most ridiculous response she can think of. I think that qualifies.
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Have you ever been in an earthquake? What's your best earthquake story? Or, which danger would you prefer: earthquakes or tornadoes?