Natural disasters are things we see in the news. A flood in Bangladesh, earthquakes in China, wildfires in California- all reported in somber tones before the commercial break, often presented with some generic disaster clip of people sorting through rubble. These events have a defining feature: they happen to other people. Not to us, or to anyone we know.
An exception to this principle of natural disasters touched down in Oklahoma last week. The tornados that killed several people nearly took two of our own: artist/blogger Debby Kaspari of Drawing the MotMot and
Oklahoma State University of Oklahoma myrmecologist Mike Kaspari survived a direct hit by crouching in a metal box in their garage floor. You can read Debby’s account of the storm here. Just about everything that wasn’t in the box was demolished.
If you’ve not seen any of Debby’s wonderful natural history artwork– some of which was lost- you’re in for a real treat. Here’s one of my favorites:
I hope Mike and Debby are able to reassemble the pieces enough to regain a sense of normality soon.