At 5:00 this morning a storm system spawned tornadoes that took six lives in Harrisburg, Illinois. Sounds like tornadoes hit six other states, too. The images from Harrisburg are terrible. A related system is now here with snow.
It is easy to be thankful for what I have in the face of images of devastation a few states to the West. I am thankful for an intact roof and heat so I can bring Frida inside (and for Lacey and Frida).
I am thankful for the electricity and internet that allowed me to catch up with work emails received overnight. At the very moment I was reviewing documents, making comments and adjusting my documents, the tornadoes were tearing down neighborhoods in Illinois.
I am thankful for a working electric stove. I used it to make some tamarind chutney. Tastes delicious, but in this context I feel kind of silly writing about it. How do we separate ourselves from the suffering around us? How do we ever manage to enjoy life?
My working electric oven heated a back bean and white Diaya burrito topped with with enchilada sauce that my freezer had preserved since I made it last summer. Months of uninterrupted power. More tornadoes are forming just now in Kentucky. Hard to make sense of it all, side by side.
What a day. Take care.