When I was a young girl, I thought the worse thing that could happen to a President was that he would not be re-elected. Then in junior high, President Kennedy was assassinated. My childish ideas were lost in a second in the algebra class as girls cried and teachers looked grim. We stayed home for three days from school and the whole country mourned.
When I was a teacher, I thought the worse thing that could happen in a school was a fire. Children would panic and teachers would do their best but it would be a tragedy if it ever happened. Our school was really old and would have burned quickly with its wooden infrastructure. Then, Newtown happened and my ideas were lost in a second. I can't imagine the horror for all those involved. As a teacher, I can't help but think of those innocent kids first. How they didn't understand what was happening. I think of the teachers who would try and comfort them. I think of the worried parents who felt helpless. Our whole country mourned.
When I participated in the Susan Komen 5K in Cleveland, I thought the worse thing that could happen at a marathon would be that someone cheated to win. It has happened before. Then, the Boston Marathon took place yesterday. I had just returned home with my BFF from book club and we saw what had happened. We both sat there stunned. What should have been a fun and uplifting event turned into a horror show.
Our whole country mourns.