I was sprawled on the sofa trying to fit a photo into a frame when Siren came charging through the living room and disappeared behind the love seat. Isadora had been asleep in a box right in from of me. She stood up, smelled the air and turned to stare at me.
At first I thought Siren was now behind the sofa pulling furiously at the back but then I realized the entire sofa was moving. It felt as if it had a heart beat. I broke the stare with Isadora to see my extra tall bookcase swaying.
When I put the bookcase there my son had said he thought it was too tall and too top heavy. I remember saying - "It's not like we're going to have an earthquake."
" ... and I'll put all the classics and the lead vase and ..., what could possibly go wrong?"
My heart was pounding and I just sat for a moment. Through the open window and across the yard I heard a man - "Babe, the deck is moving - am I having a freaking stroke?"
As I got up to go to the door I heard Babe say - "I think it's an earthquake, get over yourself."
Hope was sound asleep upstairs with her Mom in the next room so I went next door to watch news coverage with my neighbor Joe.
I immediately called my son - "Ma, I never got out of a manhole as fast as I just did", then my brother - nieces working in Manhattan were fine, and finally my aunt who I knew would be proclaiming the end of the world.
You are always quickly reminded of who you love the most as you dial numbers to make sure they're OK.
Be careful out there.
Glad everyone is OK