On August 12 2011 I wrote a blog entitled "For Everything there is a Reason"...questioning why things happen why and how they do, what the deeper meanings are, whether or not the Universe is trying to tell me things...etc. I voiced my impatience and frustration in not knowing what path my life, and the lives of my loved ones, was taking. I just wanted to know.
That was 17 days ago. I think.
On August 21 2011, 8 days ago now, an F3 tornado ripped through our town, destroying major parts of it, including our biggest employer, our downtown business core, and our entire neighbourhood, including our street, our home, and our vehicles.
Almost immediately I remembered that blog post, and thought..."Oh fuck. I think I pissed somebody off up there".
We can no longer live in our home. It is being torn down. We have lost both vehicles. Our family was in the home at the time, survived just fine and are currently living at the home of friends who we will never be able to repay. My husband is a firefighter and so I didn't even see him for 2 days afterwards, as he was dealing with the aftermath. I relied on the help of close friends who knew what I needed much better than I did.
I also relied on my brother. You all know how I feel about him.
Multiply that by a billion, trillion, million.
"For everything there is a reason" people say.
Over the next little while, I plan to blog our experiences as we remember them. It will take time, as I want to do it justice, and I also want to document it properly.
But yes, I will blog it.
An F3 tornado is unheard of in my little corner of the world. a corner that a lot more people are aware of now, than ever before.
This next series, about The Tornado, is The Story of Us. The Real Us.
The "us", that will never be the same.
The "us" that is stronger.
The "us" that has gained a whole new outlook on life, a whole new perspective on what matters and what doesn't.
The "us" that is being redefined every single day.
This, will be our story.
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