Look anywhere on the news or Internet today, and well, since Monday afternoon, and you’ll hear stories and see images of the destruction a tornado left behind in Moore, Okla.
Perhaps most devastating of all is that an elementary school sustained major damage in the process. With the tornado ripping through the town mid-afternoon, children and teachers were still in their classrooms. Some got trapped. Sadly, some children are reported dead. Many more are injured.
Looking at these images, the parent in me kicked in. I am teary-eyed seeing yet another group of little ones traumatized by a catastrophic event. Five months ago, it was Sandy Hook. This week, it’s a tornado.
While tornadoes have touched down in Schuylkill County, including one two years ago that swept through parts of North Manheim, Walker and West Penn townships, they are rare here. Still, you never know.
The thought of tornado terrifies my daughter. Heck, it terrifies me. I can only imagine what the people of Moore are enduring. Most lost everything they own except the clothes on their backs. The painful cleanup process has begun, but at the same time, where do they start?
The Oklahoma tragedy is another event in which I end up taking stock of what I do have rather than what I wish I had. I have two healthy children. I have a job and the opportunity to keep a roof over my head and food on the table. I have my faith, family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the tornado and to the first responders who are no doubt doing everything they possibly can to find victims, clean up and keep a positive face despite the destruction around them.