It infuriated me to read a tweet during the May 31 storm outbreak by a national journalist who said, “It's definitely time to abandon any plans you might have had to retire to Oklahoma City.” Perhaps it was particularly tasteless as we (friends, neighbors and strangers, including a 2-year-old child and a boxer with gas) were hunkered down in my underground shelter. Everyone has assaults. It's all violence and it's all terrible. Tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, fires, gang violence, domestic violence, drug abuse, porn addiction, human trafficking, rape, greed, murder — you name the horror, it assaults our homes.
Here's the question: Is where you live a place filled with people who stand up to these assaults together with love, compassion, other-centeredness and generosity? In 24 years as an Oklahoma City Realtor, I've only had one family that moved to Oklahoma that didn't love it. Just one! Most made job changes to stay because they made the best friends they've ever had. A traumatized transplant to Oklahoma City piled into my storm shelter and said, “This would never happen where I come from. People would say ‘Too bad for you!'”
In Oklahoma, we say, “Too bad for us!”
Anne Wilson, Oklahoma City
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