18|2013 Lucky Girl (May 26, 2013)
May 20. That date, by itself, will be remembered for a long time to come around here. In Moore and southwest Oklahoma City a tornado paid an unwelcome visit and forever left us with scars. Lives were lost in my community.
The tornado came while we were still at work so only our Siamese cat was home. Our cat was completely unharmed. Our home was damaged but habitable and repairable. Our truck was totaled. Briarwood elementary school, where our kids attended kindergarten through 6th grade, was pretty much leveled. Neighbors’ homes are gone, condemned or need of repair.
Thankfully, we have family nearby and had a comfortable and safe place to stay.
The next day my husband and brother climbed on the roof to put tarp over the problems. It was raining and when my husband stepped on the tarp he slid down the roof and landed feet first on the patio concrete. He immediately rolled in hopes of minimizing the impact. As I was talking on the phone to a good friend, I watched him fall and all I could think about was hoping that he wouldn’t be injured too badly. To our surprise he didn’t break any bones!
Two days after the tornado, I walked my neighborhood and took photos. Here’s a link to photos of the sights I saw: 2013 Tornado
Feeling luck was on our side and knowing there was little we could do at our home for several days due to the utter devastation in our neighborhood, Keith and I opted to go ahead and leave Thursday for our already paid for vacation to Las Vegas. We started planning the trip back in February. The first thing we did when we arrived was rent a red, Mustang convertible. Then we spent the next few days driving the area seeing sights Keith remembered from when he lived there as a boy as well as new places.
What a lucky girl I am!