I awoke to the sound of rumbling which harkened back to the days of the local bridge-blasting project. As my brain slowly regained consciousness in the wee, dark hour of the morning, it dawned on me (pun intended) that I was not in a construction zone nor was I hearing target practice taking place. It was a rare and beautiful February thunderstorm that graced southwest Michigan with her presence.

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As I sipped my collagen-dissolved coffee with the pitter patter of rain drops splashing against the roof and the brilliance of light streaking across the sky, what do you think came to mind?

Surely, you may think, it might be the lyrics of a well-loved hymn such as this one?

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

But, it was not.

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Or how about the words from a psalm of praise to the God of creation, you say?

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.

Alas, it was neither poetic nor worshipful words that my Friday morning brain recollected during that rare but beautiful February thunderstorm.

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It was a movie quote. (That’s a shocker.) Here it is in all its glory:

Captain von Trapp: Fraulein Maria, did I or did I not say that bedtime is to be strictly observed in this household?
Maria: Yes, well the children were scared of the thunderstorm and . . . You did, sir.
Captain: And do you or do you not have trouble following these simple instructions?
Maria: Only during thunderstorms, sir.

<smile>

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Happy Friday, folks!

Disclaimer: This story has no moral or agenda despite references to collagen, coffee, and captains, though I do approve of all three. Auf wiedersehen!

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