A steady chorus of chainsaws have filled the air since the tornadoes have passed. These are the sounds of life. People shaping their own fate. People making their own way back to "normal." Neighbors helping neighbors. It is so comforting to know that there is still life and still hope.
Last night, my own sewing machine joined in the harmony. I bought the materials for two baby quilts and have cut and began sewing the first one. I keep thinking, if only I had a bigger stash... If only I were a more experienced quilter... If only I could sew faster... If only I could do more...
I have to stop, catch my breath and remember that all I can do is what I can do. This problem is too big for any one person to handle alone. Like most people affected on the periphery, I work, have family duties and other responsibilities.
I can do only what I can do. I am doing it with a grateful heart and prayerful lips. Neighbors helping neighbors, even if they are miles away. I think that is what really matters. We are all neighbors today.