Friday, April 29, 2011

When Life Throws You Curve Balls

On April 27, 2011 tornadoes ripped through the south--including Alabama, killing over a 160 people (the toll has probably risen). There is no power with the probability of none for 5-10 days. Some communities don't have water. Everyone knows someone who has been hurt or killed.

I can safely say, that this is one heck-of-a curve ball.

I am still reeling from what has occurred. I find myself absent minded, easily emotional. None of us will be the same.

So what can we do? What can I do? The first thing I am going to do is thank God I am alive. Next I am going to help my neighbors. How? That depends on what is needed. Food? Water? A laugh? Maybe a tree needs to be cut down. I'll do it. (All right, I'll actually have my husband do that--me and a chain-saw just makes my skin crawl).

Sadly, not much writing will get done, but in the light of things--I'll get back to it. Right now. I'm just going to live.

How are you dealing with this curve ball if you're affected by these storms? For the rest of you, what curve balls have you dealt with?


Carla Swafford said...

Mary, this is a good question. Thankfully I was spare any damage. The first tornado missed my house by one mile. But if it had, I know I wouldn't be able to write. My emotions would be tied up with fixing my nest. I'm a nester. Everything around me has to be so-so. Being without electricity for more than a few hours would drive be into b*tch mode.

A few weeks ago when I had a bronchitis, I couldn't write or eat. And everyone knows those are two of my favorite things.

Louisa Cornell said...

I've had a few curve balls thrown at me in life. I try very hard to go into what CAN I change or effect and what is completely out of my hands. Those things I can change I try very hard to concentrate on those. The things I can't I try very hard to ignore. Doesn't always work, but I try.

Fortunately I got very little damage on my place. Just some limbs down and a very scary hour or so when they tracked the tornado and it came within a mile of my house.

And when it was all over I realized how very lucky I am. My family and friends are alive and well with little to no damage to our property. There are far too many families in Alabama who cannot say that tonight.

I guess my philosophy is to pray hard and then get up off my butt and fix the things I can. Can't expect God to do it all. He's a busy fellow!

M.V.Freeman said...

I so understand! :) We lost power, we're still out. Yes, I'm sitting in a hotel right now and I'll return to no power in a few days. *sigh*

This whole thing has me completely off kilter. But I am determined and I am pressing forward.

(I think I need to get some of your nesting tendencies! That would help right now.) I do hate you had bronchitis--not good! :) Glad you're feeling better!

M.V.Freeman said...

Wise words! God gave us hands, feet, and a brain to use, so we must use them.

You're right the thing is to focus on what you can do. Right now, we're helping our friends whose house was caught in the devastation.

The big thing is to thank God we're all alive and we can fix whats broken! ;)

Allen said...

Mary, of course you can't exactly write--but, as you have with this post, you can pull your thoughts together and gain energy by organizing your stress into words.

Christine said...

I have not written a word since Wednesday. I just can't wrap my brain around it all. It's just unbelievable. I still need to hear from people that are connected to us via school and my husband's work/daughter's activities. This is a very hard time, but we will prevail.

Thanks for posting! I don't think I can blog at all right now.

M.V.Freeman said...

Thank you, you're absolutely right. I almost didn't write this blog post, but I did. It helped, amazaingly so.

Granted, tomorrow, all my writing on line goes away, but you know, I need to write long hand.

I am glad you stopped by!

M.V.Freeman said...

I understand that. I almost didn't write, it was so hard to process for me. But, I have found I have great friends and people are amazing. (Ok not the looters)

You'll blog again soon, but don't you think this experience will be something that ultimately helps in your writing?

Ted H said...

I'm sorry ladies, I didn't catch this post until now. I hope all of you on this site are doing better and getting things back in some semblence of order.

Take care.