Joe and I delivered our trucks to Charlotte, North Carolina around noon today and began the long deadhead trek back up to Franklin, Massachusetts.
A text message came to me from Maureen.
Next was a text from our son, Curtis.
On the heels of that text came this one from our daughter Loreli.
Night before last I had watched a local Roanoke, Virginia news station showing tornado damage in Shawnee, Oklahoma which is about 30 miles east and north of our home. After receiving these text messages I asked Joe “What the heck do you think is going on at home?”
We were both totally clueless.
By television reports, once again in Roanoke, Virginia, the city of Moore, Oklahoma – which is 5 miles north of where we live – had been devastated by a mile wide tornado that stayed on the ground for nearly an hour.
Another daughter texted me.
Repeated calls to our neighbor, Hugh, continue to go unanswered. It is our hope that the cell stations are overloaded and power outages have made contacting friends at home impossible.
There are, at last count, 75 third grade children lost in the wreckage of an elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma.
The only thing that Joe and I can do is pray for the families that have had their homes and lives torn apart today. Our hearts go out to the families whose children have died today. We pray for these families.
Currently we are 1,000 miles away and don’t know if our home is safe or not. We have each other, we are safe, our children know we are safe, and that is all that matters right now.
At some point we hope to hear Hugh’s voice on the phone. He will be sure to let us know what has gone on in our neighborhood. Until that time I will just stay calm. There is nothing we can do except add to the confusion and chaos. We have obligations to meet, and a job to do.
Our home will either be in one piece or a billion pieces scattered for miles. The important thing is we are together and safe. Although we enjoy the comforts of our home when we do spend time there, the fact is it is only stuff and it can all be replaced. The families who have suffered the worst blow imaginable are the one’s who have lost everything.
Send up a prayer for the families that have lost their children and other loved ones. Join Joe and I in this.
With a heavy heart – Leslie