Some of you may know that I currently reside in Birmingham, AL and you may also know that Jefferson County, AL was hit with five tornadoes on Monday the 23rd of January. It’s sad to say that tornadoes in Alabama are not uncommon but nevertheless, when it strikes, it brings families and communities to their knees and makes us all understand and respect the power of mother nature.
|Photo courtesy of al.com. January 23, 2012|
I was very fortunate to not be directly affected by this and I am VERY relieved that my parents did not suffer from it as well (though it was a very close call). I wish I could put into words the stress and worry I went through when trying to contact loved ones in a situation like this. The confusion, hysteria and with power and cell phone services being down, you can only imagine how I, along with many others, felt.
|Photo courtesy of abcnews.com. January 23, 2012|
After going through something of this nature, it truly allows us to understand and reflect upon what is important in life and the meaning of family and community. So in conclusion, I would like for us all to take a moment to say our blessings and wish everyone affected by this disaster the best. My heart goes out to everyone affected by these tornadoes.