May 21, 2013

[BUMPED AND UPDATED] In the Midst of Horror, Something Wonderful: "I had two prayers. He answered both. This is my second prayer."

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UPDATE: Barbara Garcia, Her Dog, and Life Under the Oklahoma Sky : The New Yorker

Barbara Garcia had been living in her neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma, for forty-five years before yesterday’s tornado flattened her house. She was interviewed by a TV news crew while standing on top of the rubble of her home. She is covered in dust and has some scratches, but she describes the experience calmly—she took shelter in a bathroom, sitting on the toilet with her dog on her lap. She felt the stool lift up out of the floor. “I rolled around a little bit,” she says, and then found herself lying in the debris. She never lost consciousness, but she lost her little dog. She looks over the pile of wood and metal scrap behind her. “I know he’s in here somewhere.”

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 21, 2013 6:30 PM
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Both answered. Best answer ever.

Posted by: Leslie at May 21, 2013 8:51 AM

Both answered. Best answer ever.

Posted by: Leslie at May 21, 2013 8:51 AM

The video brought a tear or two to the eye of this old man, and believe me that's not an easy thing to do.

Posted by: stuart at May 21, 2013 10:04 AM

She is one tough sweetheart.

Posted by: Jimmy at May 21, 2013 11:42 AM

wow, just wow.

Posted by: pdwalker at May 21, 2013 6:20 PM

You'd think the fucking cameraman would put the camera down and help the old lady rescue her dog, but no, it has to be filmed.

Fucking vultures.

Posted by: Eric Blair at May 21, 2013 6:55 PM

The cameraman is not using a camera-phone or a Brownie Hawkeye. He CAN'T just put it down.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at May 21, 2013 9:03 PM

"I know exactly what happened here." She sure does.

Posted by: markus at May 21, 2013 9:49 PM

I know Oklahoma some, I have family there. I live in Massachusetts, but I'd rather live in Oklahoma. They're the best people. God bless her, and have mercy on them.

Posted by: bill at May 22, 2013 6:21 AM

Don't you love the way her dog just kind of shrugged the whole thing off? The two of them, lady and her dog, plain spoken folks from the heartland.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 22, 2013 8:50 AM

A visible lesson on the inner fortitude of a true believer. A man could do worse than to emulate this woman's perspective. Possibly it was my imagination, but it sounded to me like she whispered "Thank you, Lord.", when she bent down and saw her dog was OK. It made me happy. Thanks, Mr. V.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at May 22, 2013 6:42 PM