It’s ironic, in a terrible sort of way, that I post this blog on the two-year anniversary of the tragic tornado that claimed over 160 lives in Joplin. Just two days ago an even bigger and stronger tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma.
Fortunately the Moore Tornado did not claim as many lives as the Joplin Tornado but almost half of the lives lost in Moore were children. Any event involving the loss of life of a child is horrific and it seems to increase the magnitude. No life is worth more than another but the life of a child is precious and I can’t, and hope to never, begin to understand what the parents of the children who died in Moore are going through.
Oklahoma is no stranger to tornadoes and when residents of Oklahoma refer to a tornado as The Tornado, you know it was devastating. That’s how the events of May 3, 1999 have been remembered – at least until now. The tornado that hit Moore two days ago was even bigger and stronger than The Tornado from May 3, 1999. Early indications are that it was even bigger and stronger than the tornado that hit Joplin two years ago today.
People in Oklahoma grow up around storms and live most spring days under a watch or warning of some sort. But even when you know disaster can strike, you don’t expect it to and you for sure don’t expect one of the largest and strongest tornadoes in history to strike. You for sure don’t expect that tornado to plow into an elementary school.
I don’t really know what else to say other than this, the next time you hug your child be sure you cherish the moment. Hug him or her a little tighter, hold him or her a little closer and say a prayer for the parents in Moore who would give anything to have one more chance to hug their child.