The hillside north of our place is blooming with daffodils, yellow flames fanning today’s snow from thawing ground.

Yes, there is at least one hill in Putnam County. To date, it is not flooded or sliding as in the South and West, nor are those flickering blossoms burning the countryside as in Oklahoma. I saw a mapped prediction for North America’s geography. This may be beach front property one day, ripe for hurricanes and waves. For now, it is still possible to frisbee a stone and not come anywhere near hitting a neighbor’s house.

We do have tornados, with a traditional peak from April through July. But tornados are unpredictable things. Just when we thought we’d only see twin twisters twirl Holstein cows across a land bridge in summer, 2017 funnels 39 Ohio tornados, with eight of them in March and 17 in November. Monday was the deadline for the 2018 Ohio Severe Weather Poster Contest, a competition held annually by the Ohio Committee on Severe Weather Awareness. This contest, like so many others, is for ages 18 and under. I call time out! Those contestants aren’t old enough to appreciate the terror of Dorothy’s Kansas cyclone. Sure, it was twirling piece of lady’s hosiery, but those nylons could pick up a house. Television airings in the 1970s of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” was the only public service announcement needed to make grade school kids curl into balls during a tornado drill.

Then again, we didn’t have to deal with active shooter drills. There’s a poster contest no one wants to sponsor—not one for kids, anyway.