Spare A Thought - Moore, Oklahoma

UK weather varies but most of the time it feels like it’s raining. Even in the summer the thing most people remember is the rain and we complain about it. I know this because I’ve done my fair share of complaining over the last few weeks. I can’t wait for the sun to make an appearance and pray that it will stay around for a while. Us Brits are great at complaining, we’re experts. We complain when it’s rainy and want the sun to come out but when it arrives we moan about it being too hot - we’re never satisfied. 

Here’s the thing - we don’t get extreme weather. You know, like tornadoes.

Oklahoma gets tornadoes. Swirling vortexes of wind that pelt giant golf ball sized hail stones to the ground, have winds of over 200mph and leave complete destruction in their wake. When I was watching BBC News this morning and saw the report on the Oklahoma tornado I gasped. Houses destroyed, schools flattened. People missing and, so far, 24 confirmed dead and that includes seven children. Seeing that obliterated school made me want to cry, I can’t imagine what the parents are going through right now and my heart goes out to them. 

Being in the UK I have never seen a tornado, don’t think I’d want to. I haven’t experienced what a hurricane is like or what an earthquake is like. People in the US have to live with the risk of these things all the time and, when they happen, they pick up the pieces and rebuild. Next time you complain about the weather spare a thought for those that really have to suffer through it, those that have to face the loss of their home and sometimes the loss of someone they love. 

Today the weather is alright, it’s not sunny but it’s not raining either. The forecast for the weekend says it’s getting colder again and it’s going to rain but I’m trying not to complain too much. I think those in Oklahoma have a lot more to complain about. My best hopes and wishes go out to all the residents of Moore, Oklahoma. xx

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