Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day

The words on the pillow read,
"I want to say quite sweetly,
I love you most completely,
and it will suit me fine,
If you'll be my Valentine.
Over the past few weeks Superwoman has been hand embroidering this pillow as a valentines gift to me. She also gave me the candle shown, its smells like grape candy, mmm mmm good. I love you Superwoman!

By now most of you will have heard about the tragedy that took place in Salt Lake City Monday evening. Its shaken me up. Its like 9/11 in many ways. While it pales in the scale and terror of 9/11, it hits much closer to home, about 2000 miles closer. I now can grasp how New Yorkers feel when the look into the hole that was the World Trade Center. To see I place love turned into a massive crime scene, a murder scene. Many of my birthdays we've celebrated at the Rodizio grill, where an off duty police officer confronted the gunman and ended the rampage. We bought Cake's first Easter dress in that Mall. Superwoman and I celebrated our engagement at a resturant across the street. A lot of wonderful memories now have a taint associated with them. Not to mention the horror of innocent people gunned down, at random, by a casual, cold blooded, gunman. My heart aches for the injured and the families affected by this senseless act of violence.

One last peice of local news, this one puts things in perspective. Last Friday Christopher Williams and his family were hit, head on, by a teenage boy driving the wrong way down the street. The accident killed Chistopher's pregenant wife and two of his children. Monday he issued a statement and a challenge to all of us. The task? To do something kind or to forgive someone that has wronged us, and to send him the story to help his two remaining sons heal. His address is,

I think he has the right idea. In times of tragedy, don't seek revenge, don't turn to hate and anger. Seek healing and offer it to others. I think I'll give that a try. Happy Valentine's Day.


Tug said...

Isn't that SAD...makes you want to bunker up & never come out. Many healing thoughts headed over your way.

Just Dave said...

I have spent a lot of time in SLC and have eaten at various restaurants in Trolley Square. It was such a peaceful place in a generally peaceful town. It is really sad that now, people will always think of this outrage whenever the name of the square is mentioned.