Alabama afternoon

by CountryFriedMama on May 1, 2011

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Yesterday afternoon, the girls played in front of the house, running around and around the big tree in the middle of the yard until they fell down, dizzy.

Then we climbed the front steps to come inside. We ate cold strawberries out of the fridge, then cooked dinner on the stove. We reveled in the sounds of comfort — the hum of the air conditioner kicking on, the thump of laundry spinning around in the wash.

It was an absolutely beautiful April Alabama afternoon, the kind of day that makes me happy to live here.

But five minutes from here, and 15 minutes from here, and 45 minutes from here, cars still lay crushed under trees, power lines are still in the street, people are still hoping to find belongings and survivors in rubble.

Today, I am reading about a family who lost everything during Katrina, then, last week, lost everything they had rebuilt in Birmingham. I am looking at the pictures of a local photographer who got in her car to make donations in person. I am considering a column in this morning’s paper that pinpoints pretty much exactly what I’m feeling.

Nothing bad happened to my family this week. Nothing.

Life is back to normal for us.

Sort of.

Locals are donating lots of supplies to send out to communities hit by the tornado. If you’re not local and would like to help, check out The United Way of Central Alabama.

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May 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

That’s the kind of gratitude that brings you to your knees.
I’m so glad y’all are ok.

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Twitter: weekendcowgirl
May 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

So happy your family is OK. Know it must be so sad with so many bad things so close… very hard on those who are alright. Probably hard on the kids also…

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May 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Glad you are all okay. Thanks for sharing your lovely day with your daughters…those small every day moments are just the best.

Cynthia

http://www.cynthiasblog.com

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Twitter: weekendcowgirl
May 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Glad to hear you all are fine. So sad for all those around you…

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Stacia May 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I have a friend who’s house was damaged. Her neighbor was killed. It is downright terrifying to imagine something so random and destructive and fatal … and to have absolutely no control over whether it will choose you this time. I’m so glad to know you all are okay.

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