WITHOUT QUESTION…this video from the May 22nd tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri is the most harrowing thing I have ever heard.
Even though everyone thankfully survived, it’s so strange to bear witness to how different people face what they believe is their death. With the powerful, ruthless, otherworldly scream of the tornado bearing directly down on top of them, some are quietly stoic, some are calling for their mothers, some pray aloud, calling out the name of their God, and some simply turn to the other terrified voices in the dark and tell them how very much they love them. I suspect that would be me.
At any rate, I fully recognize that being allowed to listen in on these very private few moments is a profound gift, a glimpse into our own shared humanity. It is a privilege. I am so happy and relieved that they are all still here with us to share the collective story of their survival — as well as to continue on writing, creating, and forging the stories that will mark their time here in this wondrous, monstrous, magical thing called life.