Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad)
I have had a really great day helping out the people in Moore with clean-up. After helping my husband's cousin clean the side of their house (which is thankfully still standing...heavily damaged but still standing); my husband, brother-in-law and I went around the block just to look at the damage. We wound up stopping and asking complete strangers if they needed help with anything. We helped clean the room of a 12 year old girl. They rode out the storm in their storm shelter. I asked the girl what she thought when she got out of the shelter and her house had been ripped in half; she said "this isn't my house".
I got to hug another home owner who just got back from burying his mom in Virginia and is still supposed to be there to help get his dad settled in an assisted living center. I hugged a firefighter from New York who was down there passing out gatorade and water. I hugged another home owner who had N.O.T.H.I.N.G. left of his house. It went from being a two story house to a pile of sticks. Luckily he and his wife checked their children out of school early because of the storms, and headed to his parents' house in Newcastle (where the tornado started).
I saw more devastation than I ever want to see again in my life, but I also saw hope, compassion, community, laughter, family. Every three to five minutes someone was coming around offering water, food, sunscreen, heck even a tetanus shot (which I got because I was due for one). A church ministry from Missouri was there with bobcats and chainsaws just helping people. Little kids, big kids, teens, people from every age bracket out there just pitching in where they could.
So back to the challenge...a few people have told me and it sticks with me that I am a great mom. Sometimes I need reminding of that when I feel those parent failures. But, then I do remember that people watch my child who is a reflection of me. I try to bring her up to be a good decent human. Its nice when people remind me that I am a great mom.
Tomorrow I will be back in Moore, but I am hoping to get my post up earlier than 11:15 at night. Have a blessed day. I know I had one today.
This is part of this challenge.