Tornado sirens went off when Mary Alice was in home ec, but she didn’t want to stay at school. She wanted to go home to see if grandma was alright. After the sirens stopped Mary Alice and grandma went walking through town and saw Old Man Nyquist’s house and the dog under his porch was gone, they went inside and saw Old Man Nyquist pinned under the bedstead. When they got him out of there, they went walking towards Mrs. Effie Wilcox, her privy was gone and grandma wondered if she was in it when it blew away, but she was in grandma’s privy all that time. When summer came around grandma wanted Mary Alice to go back to Chicago, but her door would always be open.