Dear Daddy

Dear Daddy,

I know it’s been a bad few weeks for you.  I know you get more tired each day. And with the added storms in all the states that your children are in must make it that much more panic ridden.  You haven’t complained once of the pain you deal with each and every minute of every day.  Why?  How did you become so strong? 

Alabama was toppled and I promise that sooner or later I will be able to tell you something, anything about your son.  Lets just keep wishing for the best.

All my heart goes out to you,
Bats

It’s Friday & America Mourns

The link I am providing to CNN is from yesterday.  Unfortunately as we mourn, we also celebrate a beautiful wedding of epic proportions.  Strange how we mourn in epic proportions as over seas we see smiles, hats, dresses, kisses, and hear words that we have waited for patiently.  We celebrate in epic style here in the US for countries and people who aren’t ours but we also cry heart-broken for our own. 

Alabama was hit in what I believe could only be described as excruciatingly painful, almost as if their legs were cut off without morphine.  It’s a disaster area that reminds me of New Orleans, only we learned from New Orleans so help has come quicker, physically at least.  The emotional pain will be there forever for the people whom live in Alabama.  I watched all night long of coverage of the aftermath, “the valley of destruction”, hell; thinking about the panic and tears of the people, children especially.  It’s destroyed; lives, hopes, dreams, houses, stores, water, lighting, personal things, toys, cars.  Everything is gone, destroyed. 

Is there hope at this point in Alabama?  I imagine they need to get over the shock and awe of what has happened first then try to piece their lives, hearts, souls, and hopes back together.

Dearest Alabama,

I love you. I hope for you until you can again. I cry for you. This is a hurdle I can not imagine but you will come back stronger, your hopes and dreams will be bigger because you will know you can do anything because you can do this.

Love,
Bats

As I know so many of you are going to want to help, the best place I have found for information is at CNN Impact Your World. It’s honest help, they don’t give out links to places that use your money for unknown reasons.

From CNN:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CNN) — Storms of near-epic proportions cut wide swaths of destruction across the South, killing at least 272 people in six states, ravaging whole neighborhoods and crippling towns. The vast majority of fatalities occurred in Alabama, where 184 people perished, said Yasamie August, Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman. A breakdown provided by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s office showed that violent weather claimed … Read More

via Anderson Cooper 360

Evening Buzz: Deadly Storms Hit the South (via Anderson Cooper 360)

Storms silenced the south yesterday and are hitting me today. I am in awe of the devastion that Mother Nature leashed on so many again. Makes my issues seem mundane and idiotic. I have family in Alabama, my brother I haven’t talked with in over 10 years, his wife, and his four children; are they okay? I don’t know. I can’t imagine anyone is okay in all of the states that were ripped open from these storms. It’s called a National Disaster and they are in major need of help. Last I heard over 600 people have been hospitalized in Alabama alone and unfortunately over 200 people  have lost their lives. Was it painful?  Or were they trapped?  Were they warned?  Or were they shocked to see over 130 tornadoes touch down around them?

Dear Alabama,
I hear your cries, I know you hurt. Help is coming, hold on just a little while longer. I hold all of your hearts, souls, and thoughts in my own heart today.
I hear you,
Bats

Update: deaths are now at 247
Update: death toll now at 266

From AC360’s Blog:

It’s been a deadly evening for storms across the deep south. There are at least 25 confirmed deaths alone in Alabama due to severe storms and tornadoes, according to the state’s emergency management director. A major storm hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, knocking down trees, ripping off roofs and reportedly trapping people in their homes. Farther north, in the town of Cullman, it’s believed a tornado hit, ripping off the roof of the courthouse and damag … Read More

via Anderson Cooper 360