My grandfather – Goldie Smith – called them cyclones. He saw a few tornadoes during his life of more than 90 years on the western Kansas prairie. One twister hit my mother’s hometown, Rozel.
Yes, we Kansans know a lot about tornadoes. And yet, that monster E-F 5 that hammered Joplin the other day was truly incredible. The loss of life and destruction surpasses anything we’ve ever seen in Dorothy’s native state. Our hearts go out to the people in Joplin … and in Reading, Kansas. Last week our Entercom radio stations were proud to work with the American Red Cross and Applebee’s in a one-day fund-raiser to help those tornado victims.
Over the years, Wichita has seen many killer tornadoes dance around the edges of town … at Udall, Haysville, Andover, Hesston … but never a direct hit on the Air Capitol.
I hope and pray that it will never happen. We Kansans know being in a tornado’s path can be very unhealthy indeed!
Our thought for today is from James Thurber:
“There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.”