I am at a loss. As I watched the events unfolding in West, my heart began to hurt. I began following Twitter and Facebook for any information on the explosion. I did not grow up in Waco, but I lived in Waco from 1985-1995 and then again from 1997-1998. I lived in near the community of Axtell, TX. This community is about 15 minutes from West. I remember going to West Fest during Labor Day weekend. I also remember stopping and getting their famous kolaches on my way on day trips to the DFW area with my mom. West is a close-knit community. It is a small Texas town you wish you could live and raise your family in. The townsfolk are some of the most friendliest people around and some of the most helpful. This is why my heart is breaking right now for West. Many of the people I went to high school with and others I know have friends and family affected by this horrific event. I just don’t know what to do. I feel so helpless. My fondest memory of West was shopping for my junior prom dress with my mom. There was a little shop dress in West called JoAnn’s Bridal. They were a small shop, but I felt like a princess when I found the dress for my junior prom. I am not one who likes to go shopping, but this is a memory I will cherish forever thanks to these lovely ladies. When it came time to look for my wedding dress for my first wedding, I wanted to look for one at JoAnn’s. Once again the ladies who assisted me were very friendly and patience. I will never forget these two experiences I had with my mother. I will cherish them forever.
I know the kind of people who live in West and they will persevere through this horrific. The outpouring of love and support from not only surrounding communities, but from around the state and nation. As a Texas I have never been so proud to see the outpouring of love and support from surrounding communities and other Texas cities. If you know us Texans were are a resilient people and West will rise above the darkness and despair and come into the light. My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and families who have been touched by this horrific event. God Bless.