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The Shawnee News-Star
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  • It’s that time of year again. Spring is here. Or what I like to call, The Tornado Madness Season!
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  • It’s that time of year again. Spring is here. Or what I like to call, The Tornado Madness Season!
    I have many fears. But my biggest fear is tornadoes, especially after last year.
    The edge of Shawnee was hit, then the next day Moore was hit hard.
    You may ask, why is this one of your biggest fears? Well, I’ll tell you.
    First off it’s the act of dying. I don’t know if I’m necessarily afraid to die, I think I’m more afraid of how I’m going to die.
    I’m still young, and I realize when it’s my time, it’s my time. But I want to die of old age, in my sleep, no pain.
    Second, losing everything I have. Yes, it’s just material things and those can be replaced. But everything I have, I have worked hard for. And I don’t want to lose it.
    And third, I’m tired of having to run to a shelter or having to drive out of the way.
    The worst tornado we have on record here in Oklahoma happened last year in Moore. My aunt lives there. Her entire neighborhood was flattened.
    Her house, surprisingly, was one of the only ones still somewhat standing, besides being moved off the foundation a little.
    This is a house that has been there for a long time. It even survived the May 3 tornado.
    I drove out there about three weeks after it was hit to go see a movie with my aunt.
    We met at her house, or what was left.
    This took me longer than usual. I didn’t recognize any of the neighborhoods. I drove around the block a couple of times before I realized which house was hers.
    We all saw the damage on the news, but it’s different when you see everything in person. It was a really overwhelming sad feeling.
    Living in Oklahoma, you have to just deal with it.
    It’s almost like winning the lottery. You don’t know when or where it’s going to hit next, but if you keep your life, and material objects, you win!

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