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Wed., May 22, 2013, 11:20 a.m.

Tornado watch: Parents finding their children

Parents reunite with their children at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (Paul Hellstern / The Oklahoman)
Parents reunite with their children at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (Paul Hellstern / The Oklahoman)

On Morning Joe today, they showed over and over a very touching amateur video taken of parents frantically looking for their children after the Oklahoma tornado. And children looking for their parents.

No one knew -- or cared -- they were on video and so it was so real, unvarnished emotion. And so moving. Parents held onto their children for dear life.

Others searched the crowd outside school, looking, looking, looking, asking friends.

Tears and screams and one boy, lost among the adults, looking at adult faces, hoping to spot mom or dad.

Reality TV, with its staged tears and fake scenes of drama, has nothing on the real thing. This is life.

Wonderful and terrifying, all the time, really, not just in tragedy.

But a parent and child united, that's what blows everything away.

(S-R archive photo)




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