This week in the Midwest we have been experiencing terrible spring weather which brings damaging high winds and sometimes tornadoes. I have lived all my life in the midwest of the USA, and tornado watches are part of spring, but the last few years, and maybe it is because of the media it just seems there are more tornados than I remember. The communities affected are devastated by these horrible monsters that tear through a neighborhood in the blink of an eye.
As you look at the photos of an area that a tornado destroyed one will see a row of houses completely levelled and right across the street no damage done to another row of homes. It does give one pause….We can obsess about our landscape, hardscape, lighting, views, size, or where to plant a fruit tree.How many blueberry bushes, how many squash we want to plant this year, however, after looking at the recent photos of Arkansas and Mississippi it is evident what is important in life…people.
Before these devastating tornadoes struck the southern section of our Midwest, I was standing in my garden watching as they took down the last two trees remaining between our four lots. We had destruction in early 2000 that whipped through here and left us without electricity for a week, and downed trees everywhere. Being without electricity drew us out of our homes, people were working together to clean up our individual lots + neighborhoods. It was pitch black at night that week which meant the hum of life’s busyness was nowhere to be found…we all got to know each other again and what mattered were the people around us.It was “us” working together that made things happen. People were what could not be replaced for our gardens, homes + “things” could all be replaced.
We spend much time in our gardens, but in the end the most important part of our gardens are the people in, around and about our communities.It is during these tragedies one realizes how vulnerable we all are and it is at these times communities show their strength as they work together.
Let us all keep these people in our prayers this week + all year as they rebuild their homes, neighborhoods + communities from the ground up literally…..it will not be easy.
A garden will return each spring and as the garden rebuilds itself, so will these communities….