There wasn’t much of it for dozens and dozens and dozens of people after the freak tornado destroyed lives and property in El Reno the night of May 25.
First responders, city employees, law enforcement, administrative personnel, community volunteers and elected leaders drove themselves hour after hour trying to help in any way they could.
An El Reno firefighter said he’d been going for about 36 hours. Maybe a short nap, but the adrenaline and seeing the massive need kept him and many others pushing forward, trying to make a difference.
They still are.
And as if to add salt to the wound, the tornado touched down only a few days after our community and our state was hit with massive flooding.
People were working to recover from that disaster when another landed upon us.
Gov. Kevin Stitt said seeing the devastation in person makes it more real. He said television can’t do justice to the magnitude of the situation.
Mayor Matt White over and over asked for prayers.
I’m thinking those prayers are being answered. They’re being answered by the outpouring of support from neighbors and strangers.
They are being answered through the heroic acts of selflessness on the part of hundreds. They are being answered when someone hands a thirsty person a bottle of water, or when a child is given a stuffed animal to hold tight.
The twisted rubble of the Skyview Mobile Home Park is a reminder there is fury in this life that no army can defend us against.
The response to the pain caused by that fury is a reminder there is a love that can never be blown away. No matter how strong the wind.