The Sacred Acre
Mark Tabb with the Ed Thomas family
“Adversity not only reveals character; it shapes it if we let it.”
“When you make the right choice, adversity becomes a tremendous opportunity
rather than a problem to be solved.”
It represents the theme because in this book the adversity of the deadly EF-5 tornado that hit the community in May of 2008. That then led an entire community to regain hope, that led to the rebuilding of Parkersburg, Iowa after the EF5 tornado.
Pain is a virtue
No one could hurt you
You would build no tolerance
Everything would look bleak
Adversity builds character
Character leads to personality
Personality is another virtue
That helps you in reality
Once you build that thick skin
You can walk through fire
And carry the fire within
This fire will fuel your aspirations
Your dreams will come true
And once you build your perfect life
For others to knock down
Won't be easy to do
By: Dustin Cleb
This poem represents this book because they all go through a lot of stuff that hurts the people and the community. It's hard of the family and the community when the tornado hit their town. As they work together they build character and get stronger. Then when Ed dies it hurts the community even more and they have to get stronger and get better knowing that he will be gone.
Parkersburg Tornado 2008
This is the community helping after the tornado that hit. They had to regain hope and build back their community. The tornado tore through the hearts of the town.
This is the funeral when Ed passed. This was a hard time on the community. They needed to regain hope to become strong and cherish the moments they had and be the best they can be after his death. Times get tough but you got to be tougher
When the tornado hit the community it destroyed everything. Ed loved football and coaching. He wanted and knew that their first home game of the next season was going to be played on the football field no matter what. His team and himself spent all summer working on not only the whole community but also the football field to get it ready in time to play. This shows even when times get tough there's something to look forward to.