Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One Town. Unified

Normally we poke fun and make fun of things on this little corner of the internet. Mostly because it's what we do the best. However, not tonight. This is going to be a little different. One year ago today, I was lying in a hospital bed in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I was dealing with the same health issues that I am fighting with now. I was watching something on the television. All of a sudden my phone goes off from a message on Facebook. I subscribe to a few of my friends statuses. It is a very easy way to keep up with them. A friend of mine who lives in Webb City, puts on his Facebook page, that he was alright. He wanted to let his friends and family know that. I had no idea what was going on. A few minutes later my nurse comes in and said there was a tornado that hit Joplin Missouri. I was in shock.

I grabbed my laptop to try to find out what in the world was going on. I lived in Joplin in 2007. I have some very huge memories of this place. The first picture I got to see was of Wal-Mart. It was just a pile of rubble. My heart sank to the pit of my stomach. I decided to turn the channel. The first place I stopped was The Weather Channel. They were broadcasting from St. Johns. People are just wandering the street. It was terrible to see it on TV. I have no clue what I would have done if I had been there.

The town that I once called home was destroyed at the foundation. 161 lives taken, Over 1000 people injured. Houses gone. Business gone. Life came to a stop at 5:41.

There is always one thing that amazes me. The human spirit. In the midst of one of the worst natural disasters in our history. The city of Joplin rose up like a phoenix. People came from everywhere, to volunteer to help this city out. Truly, houses are being finished each day. Businesses are reopening. They had the ground breaking for the high school today.

May 22, 2011, will always be a dark day in the history of Joplin. The way this town came together and is still unified to this very day proves that we can do anything in the face of adversity. I can honestly say the people of Joplin, make me proud to call it home.