At this point, everyone knows about the tornado that ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday.
The storm left a trail of absolute devastation in its wake, reportedly covering an area 22 miles in length and nearly two miles wide.
The storm destroyed homes, business, schools, and the local hospital leaving nothing but wreckage where an Oklahoma City suburb once stood.
In addition to the hundreds of injured, the ever-rising death toll is still in flux as rescue workers continue to pull bodies out of the rubble. More than 100 people have been pulled from the rubble alive since Monday.
Officials indicate that things look grim for those who are still trapped beneath fallen structures.
Here is CNN’s take on the current death toll:
“The storm killed at least 91 people. The official death toll stood at 51 Tuesday morning, but a coroner’s office official said some 40 bodies have yet to be processed by medical examiners — roughly half of them children. More bodies could be hidden under the vast debris field, authorities warned.”
Maybe I’m just more tuned into it since the Boston Marathon bombings hit so close to home; but it seems to me that from the Mother’s Day parade shooting in New Orleans to the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, to the still-unfolding Cleveland abduction saga, to this horrible tornado in Oklahoma and a million different events in between…the world just seems to be going crazy lately.
It’s nothing but bad news on top of bad news on top of bad news.
As such, I think it’s time to hunt down a silver lining and a little bit of levity.
Luckily, Barbara Garcia, a resident of Moore, Oklahoma (and total bad-ass), and Bouncy the dog are able to provide us with that silver lining.
I don’t know about you, but there seems to be an awful lot of sawdust in the air today or maybe my non-existent allergies are acting up. Whatever the case, I’m just a wee-bit misty-eyed after that.
Granted, if you’re not at least a little bit teary-eyed yourself from watching that, I think you can go ahead and close this blog now, because there is no way we can be friends.
This amazing moment is great in and of itself (aside from the douchey news crew that needed Barbara to ask them for help, jerks), but I want to give Barbara credit for two amazing quotes.
The first came on the heels of the reporter’s vapid, textbook post-tragedy question: “Are you able to comprehend what happened here?”
Barbara replied like a total boss: “I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED HERE!!”
Total baller move.
And then there’s Barbara’s closing quote, which, from a journalism standpoint, is pretty much the most money-quote you’re ever going to get in this kind of moment.
“Well I got God to answer one prayer to let me be okay, but he answered both of them,” Garcia said. “Because this was my . . . second prayer.”
Hug your pets. Hug your family. Hug everyone (that human resources will allow) today, y’all.
Life can get really real in the blink of an eye.
If you’re interested here are some of the agencies helping the victims:
- The Salvation Army is asking for donations for Oklahoma Tornado Relief. You can also text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- The Red Cross said the best way to assist families is to make a donation to www.redcross.org/okc or www.redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. Donations may be made online at www.unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with a notation for the May Tornado Relief.
- Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made online to the Tulsa Community Fund at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.