Tuesday, April 17, 2007


"Did you hear about Virginia Tech?"
"No. What?"
"It's on the news, some guy shot 33 people."
"33 people."
"I know. Isn't it sad?"
"Kinda puts things into perspective."

By perspective, I was referring to, among other things, the brevity and sanctity of life and the relativity of pain. My, how easily we lose perspective. We, generally have short memories when it comes to the importance of family. Yeah, family is important, but the bills are late! I'm late for work! Shhh, I'm trying to watch this show! Honey, I'll be staying late tonight. I can't sweetheart, I'm going out tonight, etc. I know, it is cliche to ask "how much is enough?" So I won't ask.

When horrible events like Blacksburg happen, the question that immediately springs to the minds of parents around the world is "Where are my kids?" The next thought is inevitably something similar to "I wish I could see them." All previously felt annoyance, frustration and anger disappears when viewed through the corrective lense of tragedy.



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