Writing Challenge: March 15, 2018

Prompt: What Causes thunder? Explain it.

When my sister and I were young we used to joke that thunderstorms occurred when God went bowling. Summers in Houston were often gray and we, giving us ample opportunities to enhance our little fantasy. The rolling thunder was the ball gliding down the alley. The loud crashes were caused when the ball hit the pins, and lightning signified a strike. We never did decide what the rain was for, but vaguely mused that God and the angels must be drinking something. During one particularly tempestuous summer, the summer of Tropical Storm Allison, we joked that God much be on a bowling spree. It was an amusing pastime to sit on the covered deck as the rain pounded on the tin roof and imagine some cosmic-scale bowling game.


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