Tornado Destruction and Gratefulness
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The past two weekends have been busy and my exercise routine vanished. My daughter keeps telling me I am doing exercise, just another form. Two tornadoes within a mile of one another went through our area (F1 & F2). Along with the tornadoes, we had microburst and straight-line winds over 80mph. There was and is so much storm cleanup but thankfully, no one was killed.
I feel for the neighbors whose houses were destroyed or damaged and unlivable. The Air Force Base we live by has between seven and ten million dollars in damage. The community of people stepped up and there were so many volunteers. I am impressed, feel blessed, and grateful to live in this area. The people who are out there each and every day helping with their time and skills is impressive and fills your heart with hopefulness. We spent the first two days cleaning up our yard/home, which had minor damage compared to our neighbors. We then volunteered in our neighborhood, thought I'd been strengthening my upper half but using loppers all day humbled me. We advanced to our golf course that has over four hundred trees damaged or down, learned I can squat more then I thought even after my knee surgery. After nine days of working, our old bodies needed a break for a couple days. Although, I can’t stop my brain from thinking of all those that are still out there working and trying to regain some form of normalcy.
Six months ago, if someone told me I would be volunteering to do physical labor every day for over a week, I would have told them my body isn’t capable of that type of work. Thanks to my return to Sparkpeople regularly and the inspiration that goes along with Sparkpeople my body did hold up, albeit sore and tired, I was capable. Thank You!!!!