Tragedy in San Bernadino
Thursday, December 03, 2015
I was watching General Hospital yesterday when ABC broke in with "breaking news". My first thought was "what now" - it seems ABC is ALWAYS breaking in to General Hospital, my one hour of the day to just forget about my life while I focus on those people who have been with me for well over 40 years now (Silly, I know)!
So I changed the channel to CBS - they rarely break in unless it's something really important. They were sharing "breaking news" as well. I decided to listen in and became more and more troubled as I watched, until I couldn't watch any longer.
I have lived for many years. I remember the turbulence of the 60's, the horror of the Vietnam War and all the friends I lost over there, the sheer terror I felt on 9/11 when all my children were scattered all over the country and I wasn't able to reach any one of them. But this mass shooting thing has finally taken it's toll. It seems to be ongoing - it's not just one event that we can recover from. On the news this morning I heard that were 355 mass shootings (4 or more people shot) so far in 2015 - and there have only been 336 days so far. There are now videos being made to teach people how to respond in an "active shooter" situation. Police Departments are have "active shooter" drills in many major cities across the US. It somehow reminds me of the air-raid drills we had when I was in grade school - everyone being ushered out into the hallways by our teachers so we could get down on our knees and put our hands over our heads. Not really sure how that would have helped us if, indeed, we were ever bombed - but somehow it made the young me feel a bit safer.
I'm not really sure I feel safe anymore. Our President says we can't let fear change our actions or behaviors. So I guess I will continue to work out every day and play with Daisy and go shopping when I need groceries. I will continue to focus on what's important in my life and pray that our leaders will be able to solve this problem.
Sorry for being a bit down this morning - I am just so very sad!