Thursday, May 26, 2011
I live about 35 miles down the road from Joplin Missouri.
I have been pretty restless these last couple of days. The talk radio station that I listen to regularly is covering tornado news non stop and I can't turn it off. All of the stations under the umbrella of Zimmer Radio are reporting wall to wall on news, missing person reports, taking calls and answering questions of listeners, interviewing city and federal officials with reports and updates.
Yesterday, I went with my friend Gerri to Joplin MO, with a carload of groceries and supplies to help a friend and her extended family. They have a set of elderly parents who were sent to the hospital in Miami OK. They both have injuries and her Dad may have suffered a stroke. Rita's folks have lost their home, as did her sister. One son has lost the roof and a wall from his house. Our friend is trying to hold on to her job and juggle all the relatives floating in and out for food and a place to sleep.
It felt good to bring these much needed supplies to feed almost 15 people for maybe a month, but as we were driving out of the city gaping at the damage, that help felt like such a drop in a bottomless bucket!
I felt guilty taking the few pictures that I snapped out the window.
126 people have died. Around 100 are still listed as missing.
When I make it back, I will try to take pictures of the people we saw helping. I was just too dumbfounded to think of it.
People standing out on the curb holding signs that read :"Free Dinner" at Fellowship Baptist Church
About 15 people wearing t-shirts that read RUBICON - they all looked exhausted and were waiting for their table at The Red Onion downtown.
I don't know who RUBICON is, but I love them!
People grilling hot dogs and hamburgers in open parking lots...
a giant semi and tent...people fixing food and serving the Mo Highway Patrol
We did not drive into the residential areas that were hit, where countless people are slugging away at this mess. Search and rescue teams are still searching and rescuing in there.
It felt so strange to see our favorite places standing quiet and normal, and then BAM, nothing but the flat horizon and miles and miles of rubble. Even though we knew where we were, we caught ourselves asking
" where are we?" It really is disorienting!
Joplin is my go-to town for a day away from the mundane country life. When I need something special to wear, a craft supply, a nice meal out, a flea market fix, I head for Joplin. On Tuesday I sewed blankets just to keep myself busy
Today I heard that the crazies from Topeka are planning to come down on Sunday during a Memorial service...I wish the main stream media had the wisdom to ignore this group, but it will not play out that way.
I want to stand on the road with a sign that reads
Kansas loves Joplin!
We're with you Joplin!
Keep Calm and Carry On Joplin!
As I was picking up sticks out in the front yard today, it just seemed so pointless. My house needs to be cleaned but I just can't get started on it.
How do you eat an elephant, Joplin?
ONE BITE AT A TIME!
If you are searching for someone, or if your church wants to help, or if you just want to leave an encouraging word..KZRG 1310 AM has a Facebook Page and they are the go-to place for information.
Thank You on behalf of Joplin, MO.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson
- mary beth
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