Reality Check

There was something which brought things into perspective for me today, I had reason to travel to two of the areas which received tornado damage late last year, Pekin and Washington, Ill. Some time has passed and it is easy to put the trauma behind you… until it is staring you in the face again, as stark and raw as the day it happened.

Damaged roofs draped in blue tarps, foundations standing bare, and even empty holes where houses use to be. In Washington I saw a tree wrapped with siding surrounded by shattered timbers and piles of rubble. The damage stretched as far as I could see and looking at it I was amazed there were only three fatalities. 

I’m not making too much of this to say it really puts your life into perspective. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how much your annual income is; it can all be taken away in a second.

I only looked in from the outside, I simply could not bring myself to see any more of the devastation. It is simply too heartbreaking.

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From Washington, IL


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From Pekin, IL

2 thoughts on “Reality Check

  1. I was in insurance claims management and handled some tornado losses. It is incredible what a tornado can do. Yes, and philosophically, it does rain on the good and bad in this life. Bummer, but we always hope people and government rise to the occasion to help those in need.

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