Cartoon “Twister Memory Bomb” by Kaveh Adel Iranian American Cartoonist
Oklahoma is in my heart and mind.
Last night as storms passed over my home my son was pacing back and forth in his room, stimming, as he was frantically awakened by the lightning and thunder.
- Nervous energy is sometimes released through physical exertion and repeated movements as the mind tries to process over-bearing stimulation. In fact, it is necessary as suppressing it can cause deeper scars and much more amplified outbursts.
Dazed, scared and confused his heart pounding, I held him and for a moment I was transferred back to 1985 in Tehran feeling my own heart pound out of my chest during the air raids. The sense of helplessness.
- I Imagined what those kids felt in Oklahoma when the twister hovered and leveled their school…. some gasping and gazing for the last time.
- I Imagined the kids in Syria as bombs are dropped on their homes while they hear the whistling noise approaching their rooms. A flash and they are no more.
- Nature is cruel, nature is kind. Humans are cruel, humans are kind.
- As disaster strikes, as genocide is committed we suddenly reach for a divine answer.
- “Someone is testing us,” we convince ourselves.
- Half of us are enraged and blame that “someone.”
- The other half are at peace with it and claim that it was “someone’s” will and move forward without analyzing.
- A few look for the flip side of the coin, the lesson and the take away. Those few for solutions and spend their lifetime trying to help the Enraged and at-Peace halves make sense of it all.
Thunder struck and as raindrops hit the window like ricocheting shrapnel from a bomb I was brought back. Holding my son, jokingly, I told him that sky had “way” too much water…… He smiled and got my awful sense of humor.
His heart was calmer. Mine, not so much.
See the Cartoon titled: “Twister Memory Bomb” on Facebook by Iranian American Cartoonist Kaveh Adel