I am linking with Sally, of SMILING SALLY, for Blue Monday this week.
Yesterday, I was looking forward to coming home from church, taking a little Sunday afternoon nap, then finally potting some of the many plants I'd recently picked up.
It's a process that gets my mind off my own concerns or worries.
Working with the dirt and the plants and the pots and water. . . kinda mindless. . . thoughts are bouncing all over the place. . . plans are made. . . or not.
While I was working away on the plants. . . our neighbors about an hour to the East of us in Waverly, MO, had just experienced some tornado damage.
I was thinking how lucky we, in our Kansas City area, have been so far this Spring. Just the night before, folks in Reading, KS. (West of here) had a tornado come through. One person lost his life.
Then, THE STONE RABBIT, hopped up sporting this BLUE deflated mylar balloon that had just landed in our yard!
Somewhere, a graduation party was minus one balloon.
Of course my mind went to graduation parties we'd hosted for our kids. . . what happy times. . . what milestones.
Anyway, while I was so involved with trying to "de-stress" my mind by playing with my plants, I didn't know it, but our friends in Joplin, Missouri, just three hours South of us. . .
were being pounded by a huge tornado.
As of this morning, about one third of the town is destroyed. Eighty nine people are confirmed dead. . . dozens are still missing.
To make matters worse, they are experiencing another bad storm this morning.
Photo from YAHOO home page.
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The news has reported that a hospital took a direct hit, as did a Walmart and a Home Depot. Places full of people.
I wondered how many graduation parties were in full swing when the tornado hit. . . or how many folks were working in their yards or just taking a Sunday afternoon nap?
One thing is certain. . . my worries are now so small and insignificant when compared to those in Joplin who have suffered so greatly and lost so much.
My prayers are with them.
Note: They are telling us on the news that we can make donations at redcross.org