This is where I grew up and where my parents still live.
Scott Joplin’s hometown, and the home of the Missouri State Fair.
I went to Horace Mann Elementary School, and Smith Cotton High School, although my dad taught at Sacred Heart.
My friends and I cruised the strip on weekends, and hung out at Ken’s over cheese bread and soda. I never did try a Goober Burger at the Wheel Inn, though.
I didn’t always appreciate Sedalia. It took many years after high school for me to recognize what a wonderful town I come from.
And this is how parts of my hometown look today.
Like so many others over the last couple of months, the residents of Sedalia are reeling from a tornado tonight.
My parents are safe, thank God, and despite the destruction there seem to have been only minor injuries. This week has certainly show us that things could have been worse.
Still, I ache for my hometown. I pray for peace for everyone there tonight. And I sincerely hope we’re nearing the end of tornado season.