Reprinted CNN iReport By jaredbowieXV 05/22/13
In the debris filling the yards of the Moore, OK, neighborhoods surrounding those devastated by the F5 tornado Monday, Mark Toney, a volunteer helping with tornado clean-up, had an incredible find: a simple page from a children’s book.
A simple page with incredible meaning.
It showed a cartoon-image of a house, with these words below it:
“I remember my old house,
it’s rooms so bright and wide.
It’s halls will echo for all of time,
with the laughter heard inside.”
The children’s book’s page had an amazing impact on Mr. Toney. “It more than likely came from a house that had been demolished, he said, “and then I thought about how many houses were full of laughter and memories. It reminds me of the laughter and memories yet to come in the new houses that will be built. The memories are truly found in the heart, not the house. It really reminds me of LifeChurch.tv’s recent series, ‘Bless This Home’.”
CNN PRODUCER NOTE Jared Bowie was with Mark Toney, a fellow volunteer from LifeChurch.tv, when Toney found a telling page from a children’s book amidst the debris at a house in Moore. ‘Somehow that page was in someone’s yard. It was just incredible,’ Bowie said. He was stunned at the symbolism: ‘I was looking at it, and how it’s scratched off, it almost looks like the tornado is going down the house.’
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