Here it is 2 years from Joplin’s EF-5 tornado, a day that Southwest Missourians will never forget. Driving through the streets soon after the storm, it was truly a wonder that the death toll wasn’t much higher than it was. It was complete devastation. Now, driving through the affected area, the only remnants of the storm are empty lots, sparsely rebuilt areas, and trees that are slow to recover. A new hospital is going up in a new location to replace the one lost before. But it’s all but over for many current and former Joplin residents, as many are still trying to get back on their feet. And, for all too many, their minds will never fully recover from the terror and loss experienced that day.
As we remember Joplin, we must remember all of the help and support that flooded in from around the country and around the world. In the face of disaster you TRULY get to see the good of humanity.
Now it’s time to help out our neighbors a couple hundred miles west in Moore, Oklahoma. We know what the devastation looks like, we know how hard it is to rebuild, but most of all, we KNOW that good people are willing to help, and now’s our time to be one of those good people.
As both a parent and a teacher, my heart breaks for the schools in the path of the storms. I can only imagine having to face such a disaster, and pray that my school will never have to. It certainly makes me even more thankful for the basement here at school and our shelter at home.
Pray for Moore, and help in any way you can. Trust me, there are many people that will appreciate even the smallest gestures.
I can really get a sense of how far I’ve come artistically since last year, but that doesn’t make me any less embarrassed to claim that artwork than the day I made it. It doesn’t make me feel good to look at it, but it makes me see that putting sincere effort and time into a skill really produces results. Should I keep it for documentation purposes, or destroy it?