I didn’t think I would ever start a blog like this but here it goes….
So, when I was watching Ellen today…..I was overcome with many emotions. Ellen Degeneres focused on the F5 tornado that went through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th of this year. I saw the reports when it had happened and it did spark emotion, but I was taken to a new level today as the two principals of the elementary schools that were hit by the tornado were on Ellen’s premiere show. These women are heros and it hurts my heart to think that the one principal lost 7 students….that means 7 parents lost their children. It evoked tears as the principal put blame on herself and felt that she broke a huge promise to the children and parents. As a principal and part of the educational community, she felt like she makes a promise everyday that she will care for all of the students and keep them safe so they return home. What this remarkable women is forgetting is how many young lives she did save during this horrible time. With an F5 tornado, the deck is stacked against anyone in it’s path so the fact that over 600 children and teachers survived is a miracle….and a large part of this is because of these two ladies. They tried to get everyone to safety and after the tornado hit, they went through all of the wreckage and dug out children. They dug for hours and got help to continue their search.
After watching the episode, I kept thinking about how you need to take advantage of the time that we have because sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard we try to keep our loved one’s safe, fate can have other plans. As I look at my baby girl, my heart goes out to the families who lost their children and to all of the children that had to endure this. I shed a tear as the ladies told Ellen how they found the children who were buried in the debris. The children were covered in mud and dirt, but when they saw their principals and heard their voices, the children smiled and the ladies and rescuers could see the bright white of their teeth. This just helps me believe that in life, a lot of dirt can get thrown at us, but the best way to get through it is to be strong and try to get through the trouble times with a smile on our face.