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March 3, 2013

Gains & losses: Students discuss what’s missing after the storm



She said it also had something in there she never got to use. The school was going to put on a play, “Dig It.” The script was in her backpack, and she said she wishes they got to sing the songs in the play on stage.

Collin Gilles, another fourth-grader at the school, said even with the physical loss of his family’s home and the injuries his parents and siblings sustained, they’ve pulled together and recovered a lot with the help of others. 

But some things are different.

Even though he and his brother Caleb had their differences about keeping their room clean, he misses sharing the space with him.

“I miss having to share a room with my brother,” Gilles said. “Even though he would make a big mess and I’d have to clean it, it was a lot of fun. When we shared a room, I wanted my own room, but now it’s kind of lonely in there. When we couldn’t sleep, we’d talk to each other, then I’d fall asleep in the middle of it.”

He said it’s nice having a new house and his own room some ways, especially since his brother is the only one who has to worry about his own messes.

But gains were also had out of the storm. Huddleston said her family is closer now and Craig said she and her grandmother have a much tighter relationship.

“I think me and my whole family will value family time more,” Huddleston said. “My mom was at work when it happened and I was in the basement with my brother and sister. My dad was at work but he has a shop right next to the house. I know it was killing my mom that she couldn’t be there; she tried to call and couldn’t get through.”

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