I have been writing (for days, yet not posted because I can't seem to complete a thought as of late) about my obsessions and my purely selfish wants, needs and desires. Everything from Botox, expensive rememedies for the wrinkles to truly stupid stuff that in the scheme of things - Do not really matter.
Today, I volunteered at the girls' school all day. Everything from a teacher assessment for my oldest, to a Staff Appreciation luncheon, to cutting shit for the library. Around 2:15 I started receiving texting notifications of Tornado alerts for Oklahoma County. Since I am from a mother who is hyper-weather aware, I checked my little chickadees out of school to hunker down and let them play Monster High on the computer. Because I'd rather blow away with them than without them.
Then the truly horrific happened.
I lived throught the May 3, 1999 tornado as it was way south of us. I texted friends, listened to their hysterical cries of not knowing where their family members happened to be. The devastation was truly horrific. The worst tornado in recorded history at that time. Around 44 people perished that day.
Today was even far worse.
No one thought we could top it. The storm Gods thought otherwise.
Babies are dead. How can we be cavalier and heartless? There are a few Twitter assholes who are callous and truly shitty.
If you have funds to donate for water, supplies and shelter, please do so. The horror is something you can not imagine.
I know when people post something for their friends, sister, uncle and child, I give my last dime. Because I want to believe in Karma and well the positivity of the world and helping. Humanity helping humans. A common love and connection.
Here are a few sites if you feel the need to help:
The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which will be a $10 donation. What I understand, the donation will be added to your cell phone bill.
The Salvation Army: www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok.
You can text FOOD to 32333 (the OK Food Bank) to give $10 to help with relief efforts via News 9.
These are just a few of the outlets that directly aid relief workers and families.
As of 12:15am? 91 are confirmed dead. They death toll is expected to rise to at least another 40+.
I am thankful to hug my girls tight tonight while serving crappy frozen pizza because I was crying too hard for the parents who have far more horrific things to worry about other than freezer-burnt pizza.
I am thankful my friend, who lives in the path of destruction was reunited with her son, who's school was hit by the tornado.
I am thankful for social media for spreading the word for the lost, the hopeful and the connections of all far and wide.
Father, forgive me: *Even if I shared my friend's video on Facebook and Twitter of the actual tornado and now it is viral and CNN and NBC want to talk to them about it. Shhh.... I had nothing to do with it and feel quite guilty and remorseful. Sorta. I didn't do it. I am so glad they are alive and well to worry about the knocks on their door.*