Wednesday, May 4, 2011

RELIEF After the Storm

We're home. Finally. We arrived home to power and the ability resume our lives. We cleaned out our fridge and freezer, cuddled the kitties, went to the grocery story, cooked our own food, and slept in our own beds.

We were spared major upheaval. We were incredibly fortunate. I don't know why, but I am grateful. Others were not so fortunate. Many have lost everything. And my heart goes out to the families. There are a lot of people helping in the relief efforts. People cleaning up debris and taking care of the families who are in the most devastated areas of our state.

Even if people can't help in person, they can help by donating money to the relief efforts. If you feel compelled to help, please click here for more information. The Alabama Red Cross is a reputable organization.

I'm in awe of the power of these storms--tornadoes are vicious and non-discriminating creatures. I am still processing a lot. I know other survivors are processing a lot. I'm sleepy. I'm craving sugar. I'm shocked. I'm grateful. I'm sorrowful. I'm weepy. I'm glad. I'm stressed. I'm relieved.

These emotions are just part of healing. Another part of healing is resuming life. I'm beginning to write. I'm enjoying my home. I'm starting to read other people's writing.

Life is a gift. I always try to live it to the fullest. Now I have more reason to be positive and to strive to be a light in the world.


Laurie London said...

Christine, I am so glad you're home, safe and sound...and that you had a home to come back to. I can't imagine how frightening it must have been for you and your family. I hope you can get past your feelings of survivor's guilt, although, I suspect, I'd probably be going through the same emotions too. You're a compassionate person and are feeling terrible about what has happened to others around you.


Christine said...

Hi Laurie: Thanks so much for your kind words. It's been an emotional week for sure! I am glad to be alive and to have a roof over my head. We're getting back to a new normal, and trying to get into helping our community now that we're up and running. First I donated $$ to the red cross. My daughter's Destination Imagination team couldn't finish their GLOBALS project so they are setting out collection bins for the tornado survivors. And we have other places to donate and help. Alabama is a strong state with good people. I'm amazed by how many people helped and are continuing to help each other.