I woke up weeping at 4:03am yesterday.
It was the kind of sadness one feels when there is loss which cannot be measured.
I looked around my room.
I wandered my house…all accounted for.
There is a heaviness in my soul for those who will wander their halls looking for their children.
They wake weeping for those they love.
I’m sure they search for answers as they view the empty bed, the deafening quiet.
I mourn with you. I cry for you.
I was driving home with my husband and our youngest last night.
To the left, was the most vibrant rainbow.
Behind it was the dark and turbulent sky.
I thought of the young woman’s face I saw on television.
She was killed by a man who pledged to take her life.
Taken from this world by a monster.
A monster that craved vengeance above understanding.
I imagined what she would have given to this world.
My eyes filled with tears that burned my eyes.
May her face and all victims of terrorism not be forgotten.
We all know what’s to come. No one is immune to the hatred that follows us, our freedom, our choice.
A woman on the news begged to know where her son was. She didn’t distinguish life or death, just the need to know something, anything, about her child.
Young men and women carry a wounded friend away from the carnage, away from the death in hopes that he would survive.
The scenario repeated on our own soil is one I see often in the news from (not so) far away lands like Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, etc. They are at war, and it can only make sense to come to an understanding as a country, unified, that WE are at war.
While people die we watch and hope it gets better.
While mourners gather, we sit and watch.
I believe that every human being has the right to live a life of freedom, safety, and choice.
I believe that every human being has the responsibility to do their part to make this world a safe place for those that cannot be free, do not have safety, and aren’t allowed to choose their own path.
I believe that freedom, our freedom, comes at a price. I see it daily. Hourly. The safety so many of us take for granted is being paid for by those who fight behind enemy lines, and ironically give up that same freedom to do it. With this freedom we as Americans have, there will always be those individuals, whether home or abroad, that want what we have or want to take it from us. They choose that. Let us not follow in their foot steps and choose to hate, vilify, and isolate. Let our lights shine brighter, show the victims and their families we are going to do more than just watch and sit idly by. Do something.
Just talking about these things solves absolutely nothing. No matter your views – if you want them to matter, to make change…get up and vote. Protest what you find wrong with this country and support the values you hold dear. If we don’t, we have no one to blame but the person staring back at us in the mirror. ***