Jacqui Cheng: This is not a test.

An amazing bit of writing by Jacqui Cheng:


Everyone I knew at the time was safe afterward. That was the good news. But I had friends from Purdue who were townies, whose family homes suffered some damage. Some eventually dropped out of school to help their families deal with the costs. As someone who was not just lucky enough to grow up without tornadoes, but also with some privilege, seeing that happen to people I knew in real life was profound. Tornadoes were not serious in my personal bubble, but they were serious for a lot of other people.