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Small Town Tragedy

When I was growing up, I don’t recall us EVER having a tornado in our area. It was just unheard of. Hurricanes, yes. But no tornadoes.

Then, maybe 30 years ago, there was a tornado in our town.  There were no injuries, and although there was damage, no homes were destroyed. But it was still scary to realize that it COULD happen here.

Since that time, there have been maybe three or four within about 25 miles of us.  I posted about one in this post in 2011.

Wednesday, it happened again, this time less than 30 miles (as the crow flies) from us, in the small town of Waverly.  That town is special to me, because my friends and I meet occasionally for lunch at a little restaurant there. The restaurant had some damage, but no one there was injured.

Others in the town weren’t as fortunate.  There were three deaths from this storm, including a 2-year old boy.

Motor Man and I rode to Waverly yesterday, and although we’ve seen coverage of the damage on tv, it isn’t the same as seeing it in person. One of the residents of this home was interviewed on the local news last night. He was there when the storm hit.

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We were amazed at this huge piece of sheet metal/aluminum hanging from a power line.

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A tree fell on this home, demolishing it.

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And debris is strewn throughout the town.

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Motor Man and I commented on how many tv news trucks we saw, and then we realized why:  we just happened to be in town at the same time our governor, Terry McAuliffe, was surveying the damage.

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The town was a busy place: electric company employees repairing equipment, National Guard removing debris. And The Salvation Army and The Red Cross: helping.

The area affected isn’t an affluent one, but supplies and aid are coming in from not only the local community, but other locations as well.

We aren’t meant to understand why things happen as they do, but it’s so easy to think:  if only that storm had hit a few miles away in an uninhabited area, maybe no lives would have been lost.

~These Days Of Mine~


The New Virginia State Song: Sweet!

Virginia has been without an official state song since 1997. That’s the year “Carry Me Back To Ol’ Virginny” was retired after being the state song since 1940.

The “songless state of our state commonwealth” changed last Thursday when Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation naming “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as our new state song. It was written in 1978 by Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson, two songwriters based in Richmond.

Click on the link below to hear our new official song. Here are the lyrics:

Sweet Virginia Breeze

Woke up this morning- the breeze blowin’ cross my face

And I just had to look up above and thank Somebody for this place
Because He must’ve been thinkin’ bout me
When He planted that very first dogwood tree
It’s where I want to be
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Take me out to the country- it feels mighty good out there
When I get back to the city of the monuments
It doesn’t matter where I hang my hat it’s home to me
The Blue Ridge Mountains tend to set me free
It’s where I want to be
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Wakes me up in the mornin’
Rocks me to sleep at night
I’ve got a red bird singin’ on my window sill
I know everything will be all right
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Just sittin on my back porch
I’m just watchin’ the sun come up
Sweet sweet Virginia Breeze blowin’ ripples ‘cross my coffee cup
Because He must’ve been thinkin’ bout me when He planted that very first dogwood tree
cause when that breeze comes blowin’ through the trees
you know everything will be alright
Livin’ in a Sweet Virginia Breeze
Sweet Virginia Breeze

Congrats, guys. In my opinion, this was an excellent choice, and I think your song will do our Commonwealth proud.

~These Days Of Mine~