The tornadoes got the least coverage. No regular programming was interrupted to share the news of the death and destruction left in the wake of the tornadoes. Nobody important was much affected by it.
Yesterday I sat and chatted with a young man who is a student at the University of Alabama. He saw the tornado, he saw the destruction, and most of all, he saw the people. He described what remains of Tuscaloosa, (not much, by the way). And he told me about crossing the river to another town where there was still power but returning to sleep in a dormitory with no electricity and taking a shower in the pitch black of that dorm. He said he and his friends wanted to help, but they didn't really know what to do. So as he walked around and looked at what the storm had done, he helped people, mostly elderly, make calls from his cell phone to let their 'folks' know they had survived. Then, he packed up his dorm room, loaded his vehicle and made the 12-hour drive home.
He's young, and his thoughts rambled all over the place:
- He has a lot of questions about what will happen to the people of Tuscaloosa.
- He could see the silver lining of a week's head start competing for summer jobs in a bad economy.
- He's not having any nightmares, but life is a little more precious - at least 8 fellow students died in the tornadoes.
My thoughts are rambling all over the place too. I wonder about:
- the media obsession with celebrity;
- our lack of regard for "ordinary" victims,
- for the resilience of people, especially young people;
- for the people who were spared;
- for all those who have reached out a hand to help someone else;
- and that my young friend is safely in the bosom of his family.
Hear our prayer.