Let us speak now about our neighbor, Moore, Okla.
The images are shocking, but they always are, whether we are looking at tornado damage in another state or in our own back yard. So to see schools leveled, trees uprooted and lives changed in the span of a few minutes, does it really matter how far away these people live?
The people of Moore, Okla. are struggling through the biggest disaster the town has ever faced. Dozens of fatalities, some of them children, are much harder to handle than the structural damage. Seeing schoolchildren being pulled from the wreckage of a place they have considered a safe haven is more than our hearts can handle.
But as is always the case, we help our neighbors. We know what that situation is like. We know how Moore feels, just because we have felt it ourselves. We knew how Joplin, Mo. felt. We knew how Tuscaloosa, Ala. felt. And they knew how Vilonia felt two years ago.
Just as you help your physical neighbor out when they need a hand — or a lightbulb or a cup of sugar — we need to think of our neighbors to the west. They need our help, and already the best of us are kicking in gear. There are already groups ready to bring supplies and water, ready to arrive and clean up, ready to find missing animals and help an area grieve.
It is not even a question for us, just as it is for those on the East Coast when Hurricane season starts up, or those on the West Coast when an earthquake rumbles or the mud begins to slide. Neighbors help each other out because we all know we have been helped by a neighbor. We’re not paying it back. Heck, we’re not even paying it forward. We’re just helping.
It seems just when you think things can somehow get back to normal, a bomb goes off in Boston, a factory explodes in Texas and a tornado rips through Oklahoma. They just will never end.
And that’s why we will never end our help. It’s become second nature. That’s both admirable and sad. Sad to know that we will always be dealing with Mother Nature’s wrath, but admirable that we don’t ever bat an eye when we have to.
Because all of these people are our neighbors.
This is our neighborhood.
Let’s help clean up our neighborhood.