I am very blessed and quite lucky, while destruction is all around me, I came out of the storms with just a dented car. I can live with that. My parents’ home was left untouched but only a short distance in either direction from their house trees, houses, animals, etc. all felt the wrath of the storms last night. They are still without power as well.
I ended up going up to their place after work today so I could cart back half of their frozen food. And I was amazed at all the traffic going back and forth on their road. Yep, people are traveling near and far to look at the destruction.
I have always found this interesting, the rubber necking. When I was visited by a tornado in ’98 while at work the only thing I wanted to do was go home. I was in trance as I drove out of downtown Nashville, sure I was curious to see what had happened but really, I just wanted to get home. I wanted to get as far away from downtown as possible.
I guess for some, they are looking to see what is still standing or maybe they want to help those who lost everything but driving around, doing the tourist thing had never made sense to me. Take a moment and read the news, you will get plenty of pictures that way.
On my way to my parents I saw some working on cutting the trees down into manageable pieces. And if I had a chainsaw I would be willing to jump out and help but I don’t think my lack of grace plus a chainsaw is a good mix.
I am asking you (all nine readers) to pray for everyone affected by the storms. Donate to the Red Cross or give blood. I think by doing one or all of these things will help those that are working towards repairing what was destroyed.
But, should anyone need any help with demoing a house, I am ready and willing. I have mad skills when it comes to ripping things apart!