Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Healing Begins

This picture depicts what is happening all along the path of Tuesdays tornadoes. The saying, "There but for the grace of God go I," rings in my mind.

This morning as I took my grandson back to his re-opened school, I passed an entire convoy of heavy-duty equipment and trucks headed for the devastated part of Castalian Springs. An hour earlier, I awoke, warm and safe in a house that was less than 2-3 football fields from the rubble left behind by the tornado, I gave thanks for our good fortune.

What do you do to help someone who's lost all their belongings and perhaps a loved one in such a horrific tragedy? I have no extra money to donate and I don't personally know the people who've experienced the losses. I am profoundly touched by their plight.

I saw information flash on the TV screen, announcing a number to call if you wish to help. I called it, but of course, the only recorded message was about the organizations where you could immediately go to donate cash. I guess human contact and consolation is best left to the immediate family and friends, although I'm sure there are many like me that feel saddened by that. It would have helped me to heal and feel like part of the community... that I was doing something meaningful. But short of trying to pass the police lines and go directly to those still sorting through the rubble, I'm at a loss of what else I can do but pray for the victims.

To say that Tuesday changed my perspective is an understatement. I lost nothing in the storm, rather discovered something I'd lost sight of. Respect for those men and women who volunteer to respond to emergency calls... who put their lives on hold to help others. What goes around, comes around, and those people deserve a reward for their caring and kindness. I'm sure by next week, I'll be able to put this memory behind me. I only regret it won't be that easy for the true victims of "Super Tuesday's" Tennessee tornado.


Anonymous said...

Ginger I have a friend that lives at 1298 Harsh lane. I haven't been able to here from him. Can you tell me if that part of Harsh lane took a bad hit structurally.


Ginger Simpson said...

Harsh Lane is in good condition. The tornado came over Shady Cove Marina, after wiping out their new boat dock and camp trailers there, came through our neighborhood, then went through a pasture, took out trees along the sides and then hit homes, leaving a trail of destruction. I'm sure your friend is okay. I'll check it out just to make sure.


Martha said...

Ginger, I'm so glad that you and your family are okay. It was also really bad here in Rosedale,MS. Luckily, we live right near the levee from the Miss. River. It keeps alot of the bad weather away from us. Anyway, a small tornado did touch down in a small community about 3 miles from where I live. No one was hurt tho. I will be thinking of you and your community and keeping ya'll in my prayers.

Kim Smith said...

Ginger, thank you for keeping us updated. I am so sorry this has happened to us all. You know I am in Memphis and it hit here first. We got nothing like CS did, and my heart breaks for you and your community. Our prayers are there, dear. Keep strong.

Latesha said...

Ginger, Gald to hear that you and your loved ones are safe, but sorry to hear of the devastation that has hit your town. Sending prayers out to you all.

Laura Elliott said...

I'm so glad you and your family are okay. I'm with you, I'd like to help the victims somehow, but short of cash, I'm not sure what to do. Send books? Clothes?

Well, I'm relieved that you are in tact.

Ginger Simpson said...

I think the victims are doing fine with local donations, plus the 700 club sent a truckload of things. The worst hit were in Macon County and it has been declared a disaster area. They'll be able to get federal help. Prayers are certainly most welcome. :)


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