So, another week, another entry. I must say, I give Jim credit for doing this everyday because it isn’t easy. I do it once a week and that’s more than enough…
ANYWAY, it's been a weird week. With all the events, it's made me more introspective. For those that don't know, I live in south western Virginia and unless you live in a cave, things haven’t been the best here this week.
I'm really not even sure where to begin. As a general statement, and I think I speak for all readers of this blog, that our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that lost someone and to those who will forever be scarred by this incident.
Going forward, there is lots of healing to be done and now isn’t the time to point fingers. Were there mistakes made? Sure there were. Could things have been done differently? Probably. Did the people involved do the best they could? I believe that they did. It was an extraordinary situation and I think there were many people with the courage to do things that help others. Honestly, I hope we hear more of those stories and less video of a sad, tortured soul that felt he needed to kill to be heard.
Is the media helping right now with the massive coverage? I don't think so. Is that an indictment of our media system that sensationalizes everything? Maybe. Is it an indictment of a society that loves to look at the train wreck? Maybe that too. But I don't think this is the time to talk gun control or what if the situation. I think now is the time to help the survivors and support them as we can.
The only thing I do know, a parents absolute, worst nightmare... bar none.. is losing their child. I can't imagine losing mine. They are my world. I am sure Jim and Matthew and all parents who read this feel the same way. I think now is the time to take a second and make sure you tell those around you how much they mean to you.
I am fortunate enough not to have lost anyone and for that, I am thankful. And, I made sure that I gave my kids an extra hug this week just in case something should ever happen.
If anyone from Va Tech reads this… our thoughts are with you now!