Weather wise, yesterday was a strange day in Southern California. Seven people were injured by lightning during a thunderstorm. One of the injured died and two remain in critical condition.
Not very many people are struck by lightning. So far this year only 6 people in this country have been killed by lightning.
In May 2000, Michael Utley was struck by lightning on a Cape Cod golf course. He spent over a month in the ICU and several more months in rehabilitation. He still has trouble walking.
Utley has strong feelings now about lightning and started the Struck By Lightning group to teach people about lightning and lightning safety.
I've only known one person who was struck by lightning. I was in the seventh grade. She was older. Her first name was Priscilla which I thought was sufficient hardship and then not quite out of the blue she was struck by lightning. She suffered a broken pelvis.
When informed that one of his students has been struck by lightning, the school principal -- a man of few words under normal circumstances -- was heard to remark, "Oh, my goodness."
That would have been a good time for Mae West to step in and say, "Goodness had nothing to do with it."
Lightning, it seems, is not impressed by names.