As I write this, one of my dearest friends is wondering where her 10-year-old nephew is… or if he still is.
You see, he and his family live—make that lived—in Moore, OK where today (I’m writing this Monday) a tornado demolished over 30 square miles of homes and businesses; entire neighborhoods, really, including the elementary school that my friend’s nephew attended.
I say his family “lived” in Moore because their home no longer exists. It was flattened. Right now, they have no home.
As I write this, it’s known that at least 51 people were killed in this storm. I understand more than half of them were children. The number of dead is expected to climb. No telling what it will have reached by morning.
Sometimes I think I’m crazy to live in Oklahoma.
Then I take a breath and remember that bad things happen everywhere. My fellow Oklahomans and I have no more reason to feel victimized than the survivors of Super Storm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina or any number of storms, tragedies and natural disasters.
In fact, I personally have no reason whatsoever to feel like a victim. My home and life remain intact. My heart, however, is something altogether different. It breaks every time I turn on the TV or check out MSNBC.
So I’m going to spend the rest of the evening alternating between counting my extraordinary number of blessings and praying for those who’ve lost so much . . . including folks, like my friend, who are waiting to learn just how much light that ugly, deadly funnel extinguished from their lives.
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Jaycie Cash blogs on a regular basis for Writerspace.com Her debut novel, Mrs. Goodfeller, is available through most major e-Book outlets, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She’d love for you to like her Facebook Author page.