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My girls got out of school at 3 p.m. today and were home shortly thereafter. My youngest was being her rascally self and had to suffer a couple of consequences.
I was a little frustrated, because I have some things I need to finish before Wednesday morning, and taking time for a 4-year-oldâ€™s attitude adjustment wasnâ€™t what I needed. Nonetheless, itâ€™s what she needed, so I handled the situation. Upon returning to my desk, I started noticing the reports from the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla.
I sat awestruck while watching the coverage from KFOR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. When the â€śchopperâ€ť video showed the leveled Tower Plaza Elementary School, my heart switched from aching to broken.
Mother Nature is a cruel mistress. We need her for so many things; this wasnâ€™t one of them.
I somberly walked upstairs, where I found my 11-year-old reading. I told her what was happening in Oklahoma, kissed her, hugged her and told her I loved her with all my heart.
I found my rascal playing in her sisterâ€™s room, so I picked her up, looked her square in the eyes and said, â€śI know we had a little trouble today, but I want you to know that no matter what happens in our lives, I will ALWAYS love you.â€ť I held her, and tears just flooded my face.
Not a day goes by that I donâ€™t tell my girls just how much I love them. Today, though, I just wanted to hold them closer than ever. My heart, and my prayers, go out to all those affected by this storm. May God help you find the peace you deserve.