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It never fails to amaze me that despite the lack of media coverage or love for Midwesterners, Midwesterners rise above!  As many of you know, my suburb of choice for 20 years, Bellevue, Nebraska was hit last week by a tornado and straight-line winds.  You might be wondering how that could be a feel-good story, but it is…

 

I still get all the social media out of Bellevue, and let me assure you, there was a lot to feel good about.  I watched as more and more of my friends posted they didn’t have power. One even showing their power pole was in the shape of a lower case e.  Some just got power back on 3 days ago, but the hardship wasn’t the focus.  The focus was that the Bellevue East football and volleyball teams showed up to clean up the worst-hit areas after practice.  (I believe some kids from West did the same.)  The focus was that some of the great food places like Roma’s (um, yum, btw) dropped off food at designated spots for workers and those without power.  The focus was that neighbors with chain saws helped neighbors without.  The focus was that people who did have power were offering their houses for freezer space, charging stations, and places to do laundry.   The focus was that, despite lots of damage, Bellevue regrouped and had their field ready for the College World Series guys to still practice there.  The focus was on figuring out how to move on, and not one person got hurt.

 

To be truthful, I feel bad that I didn’t even know to check on some of my friends.  They probably would have taken some brownies or rice krispy bars off my hands! 🙂  I honestly didn’t realize how much of Bellevue was hit, but what struck me, and what reminded me why I lived there for 20 years, was a lady who posted on the Bellevue info page who said something to the effect of “Imagine if we all talked and helped each other out like this every day.”  Yes, imagine…

 

I’m sorry it took a tornado to bring people together, but I’m not sorry it worked.

 

As you head out into your day or evening, think about that.  Take your neighbor the extra brownies you’re trying not to eat! Haha.  Mow a yard for that elderly couple.  Simply chat with the people in line at the grocery store.  The world doesn’t have to be an isolated, dismal place.

 

It can be a phenomenal place if we choose to imagine…

 

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