Devastation in Oklahoma

There will be no politics in this article, as I don’t feel  it appropriate.  I live in Oklahoma, not in Moore, but not too awfully far from Moore.  Moore is in the Oklahoma City metro area, as am I.

The message I want to convey in this article is one of the spirit of Oklahoma.  Keep in mind Moore was hit by a tornado with more power coming from it than the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima.  Scientist range the power of six times to 600 times that of the atomic bomb.  That’s a lot of power!  From seeing the pictures, I believe it.

Have you seen the pictures of the devastation?  Probably so.  It is amazing!  So when you see the amount of devastation, the lives lost, the hundreds injured, and the amount in financial costs in destroyed and ruined property remember each one of those houses, each one of this businesses is someone’s life.

One of my coworkers couldn’t find her family that night and wasn’t allowed to go home.  Luckily, she was reunited with her family around 10:30 or 11:00 pm.  She did, however, lose her home.

The news is chock full of people who lost everything, videos of mud-covered bloody children screaming and crying after their school was demolished and fell in on them, and cell phone footage of the menacing whirlwind bearing down on a community hit twice before within the last 14 years. 

On the flip side of that, there were stories of heroism, courage, and community.  There were stories of teachers who gave their lives protecting their young students; stories of missing people finding the strength to climb out of the rubble that used to their home or place of business; stories of business all over the state, and from other states, donating their time and resources to help get the people of Moore, Oklahoma back on their feet.

There are no politics in a situation such as this; no grandstanding, no partisanship.  There are no Democrats or Republicans; no conservatives or liberals.  In times like this, neighbors are not just friends, they’re family; regardless of their political affiliation, race, gender, or sexual orientation.  It doesn’t matter where they came from or where they’re going, they are all family.

Seeing the people stand together and fight back against the destructive power of Mother Nature makes me proud to be a Oklahoman.  Hearing the stories of the sacrifices made so that others may live makes the title “Oklahoman” not just something saying where you’re from, but is also a badge of honor.

Remember that while Moore is in the national spotlight, that 3 days of severe weather didn’t just affect them.  There were tornadoes that tore up the towns of Edmond, Carney, Shawnee, and Bethel Acres.  Lives were lost and homes were destroyed in those towns, too.

You see, Oklahoma is a state in which we are all different, just like any other part of the country.  There are different types of people with different lifestyles and different dreams and goals, but we are all Oklahomans.  We may fight and bicker about everything under ther sun, but we are all Oklahomans.  When the rubber meets the road, we are all Oklahomans, and Oklahomans are family.

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