Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moore Heartbreak

As I write this, it is raining outside. Thundering and lightening too. The weatherman says we will have hail within the hour. And high winds.

We need the rain desperately, but I've having trouble mustering much enthusiasm for mother nature this morning. My heart goes out to the citizens of Oklahoma today. In all the areas that have been hit the last few days.

I have very close ties to the city of Moore, Oklahoma. I have always had family there. I have spent much time there and in neighboring Norman.

Most of my family has moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but my deceased cousins wife and son still call Moore home. I have heard they are okay, but their house is not. A look at the tornadoes path tells me it tracked just a bit south of their house, and they had a basement but given the time I imagine he was in school and she at work.

He did not attend the elementary that was directly hit. I am thankful for that, but at the same time completely heartbroken for the families who did have kids in that school. Tragic. Devastating. Too close to home.

Moore has been hit hard many times. I live on the western fringe of what is called Tornado alley but my town is not much different than Moore. The same sort of working class people. The same set of ideals. So this rain outside that we so desperately have needed for months. It doesn't feel so much like a God send today but tears for friends, family and neighbors.

Stay strong Oklahoma.


Patricia said...

Travis, I am so sorry to hear about your connection to Moore. The whole thing is just tragic.
I have been trying to get in touch with you for several days because I'm supposed to host you on my blog tomorrow, May 22. Are you still interested?
Patricia Yager Delagrange

texlahoma said...

Does the Lord work in mysterious ways or what?
My grandchildren were staying in Moore, for a few days, with their aunt because of a death in the family (their other grandmother).
They and their aunt had to be down here in Southern Ok for the funeral yesterday 5-20-13. Her (the aunt) house was badly damaged, if not completely wiped out (not sure yet) by the tornado. Thank God the funeral was Monday, it may have saved them all.

savannah said...

xoxox for your family and for Oklahoma. I hope we can all pull together across the country and leave partisan politics aside and do what's right. Peace

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's a terrible thing. Sending best wishes to all who are affected by the tornado.

Travis Erwin said...

Patricia - Yes I'm interested. i have sent a few emails but I guess they are not going through. travis@traviserwin.com

or traviswriter@gmail.com

Just let me know what you need from me and I'll get it to you asap.

Travis Erwin said...

Texlahoma - I'm glad your family is safe. Sorry about the death i the family but sounds like a blessing in disguise.

Savannah - I agree

Debra - Y'all don;t get many twisters up your way I'm guessing.

Charles Gramlich said...

Although I didn't often get to Oklahoma city, I spent a lot of time in Oklahoma, what with my family living in Arkansas pretty close to the border. Was horrible to hear of the tornado.

the walking man said...

After imagining a bunch of 4-8 year old kids hugging a wall as the building around them was being whipped by 200 mile an hour winds I went numb.

Hilary said...

It's unimaginable. I do hope that all of your extended family and friends are okay. My heart goes out for those who are not.

Phats said...

Thought about you during these storms scary scary stuff.