Monday, April 25, 2011

Right Where I Need to Be




On Friday evening, an F4 tornado ripped through St. Louis - leaving devastation and destroyed homes in it's wake.

Fortunately, due to early warnings, no one was seriously hurt.

Knowing I live a paltry four hours away from St. Louis, I knew there was a very good chance that the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City would be recruiting volunteers from our chapter to head east, in order to assist the people affected by the storm.

So, all day Saturday, I kept my cell phone very close at hand - waiting for the call. Even during my Daughter's cooking class, I had that cell phone in my pocket...waiting.

The call DID come.

As I knew it would.

But.

Saturday night had our family volunteering at our church, ushering in hundreds of people to attend Holy Saturday services. We had shown up at church at 4:15 pm and didn't finish until 7:00 pm. No phone for me during that time. It was insanely crazy busy. I'm not sure I even had time to breathe, let alone take a phone call.

And guess when the call came?

Yup. 5:15 pm.

Right during the middle of the chaos.

Missed it.

At first I was bummed that I missed the opportunity to go to St. Louis.

But the more I thought about it, it occurred to me that I was right where I needed to be Saturday evening...and I'm right where I need to be this week.

This is do-or-die week when it comes to my younger son, who's trying valiantly to make sure he's met all the requirements for graduation...

This is the last week of our "official" meetings of my Girl Scout troop...

During this next week, my sister will be having some major, serious surgery...

And my older son is home for a few days for Easter break.

Yup.

The Red Cross found the volunteers they needed to send to St. Louis, and I know they're doing a fantastic job.

Yes, I'm where I need to be this week.

Because sometimes, as Red Cross volunteers, we think it's our job to take care of the world.

When really, sometimes, we need to be taking care of our own families.

Peace.

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4 comments:

Lu's Place said...

you know what girl? sometimes I read your posts and think Yup, been there and done that. I worked in long term care for 20 years and didn't think anyone could do it as good as I could. One day I decided to go see some of the residents I had worked very closely with for a long time. Not only did they NOT have a clue who I was, but they were very well taken care of!

TheUnSoccerMom said...

came over to your blog via Hello Rosie...

you were surely where you needed be!

Gwen said...

Amen Sister! I know the feeling of wanting to help everyone when really someone at home just needs a hug or a story. These storms lately have been horrible and we're keeping everyone touched by them in our prayers (including the wonderful rescue workers and volunteers)

Mental P Mama said...

You were and are absolutely where you are needed right now;)