God Bless Colorado

20 Jul

The plan was to write a post about going to the zoo with my family yesterday, but tragic events have happened in the city I call home today. A gunman went into a full movie theater and opened fire killing 12 and injuring 60 others. I don’t know that even the most refined of minds can wrap themselves around such an evil and senseless act. My heart hurts for the victims, their families, my state and my country.

When will the violence stop? When will people learn to appreciate what they have? When will people learn how quickly a life can be taken? When will people value family and friends as much as they should?

I will be the first to admit I lose sight of the most important things, really the most important people in my life. I wished for thirty minutes of silence when I bet all the families of the victims wish for is thirty more minutes of WORDS. Thirty more minutes of SMILES. Thirty more minutes to say I love you. What a humbling experience.

I do not know what I would do if something so tragic ever happened to the ones I love. I mourn for the people who witnessed such a lack of humanity. I don’t think my city will ever be the same. I am saddened by the fact that when I used to say I lived in Littleton, Colorado people automatically thought of the Columbine Massacre and now when I tell people that I live in Aurora, Colorado they will think of this shooting. Why do such horrific things happen in such a beautiful state to such innocent people? I find that there are far more questions than answers for me.

One person changed the lives of thousands of people and for what? Fame?

My dad has taken my son to that movie theater. I get sick at the thought that something like that could have happened to them. I have been there a few times too. It hits too close to home. Ten miles from home to be literal.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the many victims and their loved ones. I certainly gave my kids a few extra hugs today, something I need to remember to do every day because life really is too short. I plan to donate blood next week. Its the one small thing I can do to help my community that has been through so much this summer.

God bless Colorado.

One Response to “God Bless Colorado”

  1. Grandma July 21, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    You put your feelings with such emotion. What keeps coming into my mind is how a wonderful, gifted, brilliant mind can snap and cause such devestation. I believe there isn’t a ‘why’, it just seems that he cracked. We never know what lies ahead. My sympathy is for the families of the murdered and injured, as well as for the family of the murderer; they are victims too.

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