A Dismal Week
It was December 14th, 2012. Friday at the end of a long week.
On Monday there was a brutal murder just a few houses down the street from my office. That put me in a thoughtful frame of mind about life. Then Tuesday happened. A solitary gunman entered the Clackamas Town Center, a huge mall just 5 minutes from my home, and sprayed bullets into the food court. Two died. I thought the week couldn’t possibly get worse.
Friday morning I was sitting at Panera Bread, getting my thoughts in order for my weekend presentation at Bridge City. I turned on my computer to do some research, and time slowed to a stop. The Newtown, Connecticut massacre was happening in real time in front of me.
Twitter, Facebook, a number of news websites transported me to the street outside Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, standing there with terrified parents, waiting for each new bit of news. Hoping, fearing, horrified.