Ringgold, a small town in Georgia near the Tennessee border, was struck hard by the storms of April 27. After the storms the Black family was found near where their home had stood the day before.
Chelsea Black was a sixteen year-old junior at Ringgold High. She died with her parents, Christopher and Pamela, and her older sibling Cody on that night of horror.
Eleven miles north in Apison, Tennessee Adam Carroll, a fellow classmate from Ringgold High, lost his life as well with three other family members. He was seventeen.
What can one say about such tragedies on this planet traversing the cosmos? Each day many young lives are lost on this orb.
Life is precious. Unfortunately, this preciousness can be taken away in a matter of seconds.
The death toll from the April 27 storms was high. When you look at the lives which were lost and realize that each one was a person who had family, friends, community, we start to realize what was and what was lost.
Communities survive and continue across this earth. People pick up the pieces of broken dreams and struggle on for a brighter tomorrow.
Never take life for granted. Embrace those you love. Keep them close.
For Fate, capricious, cruel and merciless as it is, shows no compassion for the victims and their families. When the super-cell storm comes, one never knows what the aftermath will be.
I am reminded of that 60’s song Turn! Turn! Turn! Life cycles though the turns and twists which come its way. Tragedy is a road of despair which we all must travel on our journey to what lies the beyond the sunset of life.
For Chelsea and Adam: they may be gone, but they will not be forgotten. Two young lives with so much potential lost to the forces of nature on a stormy night in late April. Let their song of youth be heard, and may it be in the cosmic ocean to which they now belong…
G. D. Williams © 2011
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TURN! TURN! TURN!
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