Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tornado Anniversary Wrap-Up


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the following video serves as a novel for describing my thoughts and emotions over the past year and, in particular, this past week.

Earlier today I found an article posted by the Boston Globe that did such an eloquent job verbalizing my own personal observations from Tuesday's Day of Unity event, that I wanted to post the link here.  Enjoy my video, and then, please, take a minute to read about "The Joplin Effect".  I know you won't be disappointed.





Now you know why my children informed me last night that we are not allowed to ever move away from Joplin.  It is, after all, our home.















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    1. So true, Kimberly. It is the community that defines a city, and ours is definitely amazing.

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  2. Well done Dawn. What a wonderful community you live in.

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  3. Awesome video, brought tears to my eyes. What aa wonderful place to be raising your children. The people of Joplin should certainly be very proud of themselves.
    On a lighter note, I especially liked the pregnant woman holding the sign to vote with the hole in it.

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    1. I still get teary-eyed every time I watch it! It is amazing how far we've come - and we would never be where we are now without the assistance of the thousands of volunteers who have visited.

      What a fun day that vote hope rally was - and she was a trooper for doing that! You can tell we were all pretty passionate about getting the schools rebuilt!

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  4. The determination and steadfastness of your community is truly inspiring. To have the foresight to not only rebuild, but to rebuild with the future in mind is a rare commodity these days. Joplin has beaten the tornado - when people reflect about Joplin, rather than dwell on the destruction and devastation they will celebrate the courage, determination, pride, and spirit of the community. Well done Joplin! America needs more citizens like you!

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    1. Lynn, that is exactly what the president said to the Joplin High graduates Mon. night! I used one of his quotes in the video "You will not be defined by the difficulties you face but by how you respond." I think you are both correct in this assessment. :-)

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  5. Hi Dawn .. loved the video and the obvious effect the terrible experience has had on everyone in the town of Joplin and the surrounds. It's wonderful how everyone has pulled together to help each other .. and I can quite see why your children say you must never go - you probably don't want to know anyway - that camaraderie is here to stay.

    Thanks - great post and the link was a good read .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. So glad you found the video and link enjoyable and informative!

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  6. Feeling connected to your community is a beautiful thing. Now that I live in a smaller place I finally understand what that means.

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    1. Tina, that is one reason why I enjoy reading your blog so much - you show such a great appreciation to your new home and lifestyle. I love when you post about new things you've discovered or are trying out (especially the recipes!) While I love the big city and all the activities it offers, nothing can compare to living in a community where you can really get to know people. That is what makes a town or city "home".

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  7. Great video. You live in a wonderful community!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. Yes, it IS a wonderful community!

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