AC 360° Correspondent
Iowa’s governor called the storm “a blow right to the gut”…but that may be an understatement.
The images tell a tale of horror, sorrow and incomprehensible loss. I cant begin to comprehend what the families of the four Boy Scouts killed in last night’s tornado are feeling. Campbell and I were talking about the story last night during one of the breaks… she said how trivial the things she’d been worried about earlier in the day now seemed. I couldn’t agree more.
If there is anything positive to be found in this tragedy, it is the strength and courage of the Scouts at that camp last night. They immediately sprang into action, putting their training to work to help their fellow Scouts. They are heroes. I’m sure the four teens who lost their lives would have done exactly the same thing.
There is a fair amount of depressing news today, stories that are important and need to be told, but which can make for a gray day. I want to give you something a little more uplifting… stick with me, it’s worth it.
Thinking of a world without those you love and hold most dear is something I’d rather not do. I hate to think about the day when I may not be able to call one of my parents, or when my son may lose some of the older members of our family. While I do my best to relish the moments in the present, sometimes it’s hard not to think about the way things will eventually change. I so desperately want my son to have a connection to the people my husband and I hold dear, the ones we know won’t be around for his entire life; I’m sure they feel the same way.
While age and death may be part of the circle of life, it doesn’t mean we have to accept it. We can do so much with the time we’re given. What better way to capture that energy than to make sure you share it with the younger generations? Sidney Poitier channeled it into a book for his great-granddaughter, a little girl he first met just one day after she entered the world. As I read this earlier today, it brought tears of both joy and sadness to my eyes:
"When I arrived at the hospital, I saw my great-granddaughter in her mother's arms," Poitier recalled. "Directly behind her was my daughter, the baby's grandmother. Next to her was my former wife, who was the baby's great-grandmother.
"I saw that I was in a room of four generations. I would soon be 80, and Ayele was one day old. I realized that the time between us would be short. I decided I would write a book in the form of letters so I could cover everything that I've felt and learned, and talk to her about things that I don't understand."
A pricelss treasure for Ayele and so many more.
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