march 2, 2022

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“Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.” ~ Unknown


Today marks 10 years since the F3 tornado destroyed my hometown of West Liberty. In the past, the anniversary has passed with little effect, but this anniversary has been different. It feels like last year, not ten years. Maybe enough time has passed to sort out my feelings, or the trauma has dulled, or maybe it’s something as silly as today has been a cloudless perfect day – the opposite of what we had ten years ago. I don’t know exactly why this time has weighed on me, but it has, and my family and friends that were affected have been close to my heart today as well. I left work this evening and looked back through the door to this scene. It is one of comfort and safety, though ironically campus chose today for a tornado drill. We should probably start those earlier in the year, I’m afraid. Life can be surreal sometimes. I’m alright with it, but sometimes I need to recognize it out loud. So, there it is. Onward and upward we go.

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