What’s Left?

May 23rd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

As I write this column on Monday night - my heart is heavy and I am so saddened by the loss of life from the powerful tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma. I am especially saddened by the loss of those children in Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary. My heart goes out to those parents of the children lost in that storm. I can’t say anymore other than we here in Beebe, know a little bit of what they are going through. Nothing like the loss of life they have sustained but the total devastation of a large area of their town. We know how that feels and our prayers are with you - now - and for many months in the future.

I remember when we had the tornado in Jan. 1999 - it was so good to see the Red Cross handing out hot meals because most of us did not have electricity for several days. That is just one thing that can help people to get through the day - and that is what you have to do - take it one day at a time.  One of the hardest things on a long-term basis, and I’m not taking into account the loss of life - that is something you never get over, but from a community standpoint and a mental health standpoint, just driving around in an area where there is debris, devastation, downed trees or no trees where there used to be trees - is very depressing on a daily basis for months on end. I remember going to Little Rock and being in a neighborhood with normal lawns and trees and thinking, “Ah - this is nice.”  You really miss that normalcy.  Also - another thing that plays with your head  is that you’ve lost landmarks - so initially you are driving around and trying to remember where you are or what used to be there. It is very disorienting.  So, we need to offer up our sincere prayers for those people who have been effected by this tornado and pray that we don’t have one in the near future here in Beebe and Arkansas. I guess it would be impossible to pray that no one would ever have to go through this - it is just Mother Nature.

It’s hard to transition to a “normal” column after that but I will try.

I went to graduation Friday night and it was a perfect night - weather wise. And - I swear - I didn’t hear one train go by. Did they get them to stop during that time?  Usually you hear at least one and it usually comes by  during the Val or Sal speech. But - unless I was just really focused on someone’s speech - I just didn’t hear a train go by. That was good. Congratulations to all the graduates!  I hope each of you finds the perfect university or job - whichever the case may be for you. I hope you remember with fondness your days in the Beebe School system and go on to be successful - in the broadest terms.

Go to your (safe) happy place!

See you next week!