It was almost a year ago when life threw a powerful curve that knocked my town to its knees. I haven’t written about it until now, but it is never far from my thoughts.
An F5 tornado ripped through Moore destroying much of the town. The hospital I went to for tests and labs and emergencies like my broken hip, was destroyed. Houses, including my in-laws home, were demolished. Power lines down everywhere. An elementary school destroyed, and so much more. Businesses like a bank my kids had savings accounts with, restaurants, a 7-eleven…too much to list here. Worst of all, 24 people lost their lives.
As the tornado approached, my husband loaded me and our teen up and tried to get the dog, but he ran off (was injured in the storm, but it was a minor bump). We picked our younger children up from their terrified teacher and headed toward my inlaw’s. It was too late. By the time we were getting close, the radio was informing us that their neighborhood was being destroyed.
We lingered on the highway exit ramp until the tornado was too close for us to stay there. We said a prayer and hoped for some miracle to save their lives. It was, in some ways still is, unreal. We were finally able to circle around and make our way toward their neighborhood. The closer we got, the more total desolation we saw.
We weren’t able to go all the way to their neighborhood. Power lines and debri made it impossible, plus emergency responders and even regular people were blocking traffic off. When we got as close as we could, my husband, son, and eldest daughter walked the remaining mile or so to his mom and dad’s house. By some miracle, they survived in their bathtub with only a scratch, although their home and neighborhood was destroyed.
There’s so much more to tell, but I’ll have to take it slow. I think I’ll do a series of posts on this. I also have lots of pics and cell phone videos that haven’t been previously published which I might post here. Even though its been a year, my home wasn’t destroyed, my in-laws survived, etc. our community is still dramatically altered, and so am I. It’s hard to explain, but I hope to work through some of my feelings here. Thanks for reading.