Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Very Dark Night

For the past couple of days I have been debating on whether or not I should write anything about the horrific theater shooting in Aurora or just leave my feelings unsaid.  Being a Denver area resident and a mother whose daughter was at a different midnight showing of Batman that night, this just hit a little too close to home to remain silent. 

Even though I try to keep this a light and cheerful site that is always politically neutral and mostly untouched by controversy and tragedy, sometimes the gravity of reality seeps in.   I also always pair every post with a recipe, but there is no way I can tie any food reference or recipe to this post today.  Unfortunately there is no cupcake or pot roast, no matter how good that will make this one any better.

As I watch the endless news coverage my heart breaks to see the faces of the young victims whose lives came to an early end just going to see a midnight movie.  Madness.  I am so thankful that I can only imagine the sorrow and grief that is being felt today by the parents and loved ones of the twelve precious souls that were lost in that theater.   My children are safe in their beds this morning and it is times like these that I am reminded of what a precious gift that is.

Thirteen years ago another senseless shooting took place here in Colorado at Columbine High School.  Time has helped everyone move on a bit, but that tragedy is always just under the surface.  Now this incident has opened that old wound back up and the inevitable question of “why” is being asked once again and once again, for now at least, there is no answer.

Maybe someday we will figure out what causes some people to feel the need to hurt others, but I’m afraid that I don’t have much faith in that happening anytime soon.  History has shown that there will always be people who are angry or ill and feel actions like this will make them feel better.  I really don’t know how you eradicate that, but I do take great comfort in the belief that most of us are basically good.

Today I think I'll turn off the news and take a walk on my favorite trail and remember what a beautiful place this is to live in.  I’ll do my best to be kind and tolerant to the people I come in contact with and relish it when they are kind to me.  I just can’t help but think that this is the best way to honor those that have been lost to senseless violence and support the people who mourn them.

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