Thankfully we were at my parents' house last night having our usual Tuesday night family dinner. We had just finished dinner and were cleaning up when the weather radio and our phones began sounding warnings. The tornado had touched down in a town less than thirty minutes west of where we stood and was reported to be traveling along the highway that ran perhaps two miles north of where we stood.
My mom and I gathered the kids (my daughter and dog) and headed to the basement. Thankfully they had not long ago transformed their basement into a playroom for my daughter so she was content. A few minutes later the sirens went off in our area as we clicked on the news and my dad and husband joined us down stairs. It appeared the tornado was moving just a little more north in its path, giving us a little more breathing room at my parents' but heading in line toward our own home across town.
We were safe and there was nothing we could do but watch. Once again the tornado moved just a little north in its path, missing our home by five miles or so but causing major destruction all along its course. My former sister-in-law was one of the homes in the path it took. Many people's lives were upended and emerged from hiding to find destruction.
My heart and prayers go out to all of those affected by last night's tornadoes. Yes, plural because even after that twister lifted the storm re-spawned in another area and some states were hit by multiple tornadoes last night. As we returned home last night to tuck our daughter in bed it was almost surreal to see our neighborhood untouched. Everything has a new perspective as I climbed in bed last night still waiting to hear back from some of my friends. And my blessings were clear and abundant.
I'm grateful to have been safe at my parents' home last night, south of the storms if even by a hair. I'm grateful to return home to our house safe and unharmed. I'm grateful to have been together as a family so there were fewer people to contact and reassurance was brought with my own eyes. I'm grateful to see how different my level of risk taking is now as a mother. I'm grateful for all the weather alert systems we have in place in our community to keep people safe. I'm grateful organizations like Heart to Heart are already out providing relief and assistance. I'm grateful that for all the destruction the death toll seems to remain low. I'm grateful for all the friends and family that checked in on each other throughout the course of the storm.
Isn't it interesting how destruction, loss, and threat can bring everything back into perspective. How is your perspective lately? In the grand scheme of things, how important are the things that have been bothering you lately?
May today open our eyes to the big picture and put things in perspective. May we be moved to action to help those who were not so lucky in last nights' storms and find ways to make a difference in our communities and those effected. Have a beautiful day!