Friday, July 20, 2012

Memories of Mass Murder ~ Fleeting Nature of Life

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."
~ James :14 

Aurora, Colorado is a bathroom stop on the drive between here and Wyoming. But with the weekend full of news from the shooting there, I wasn't thinking so much about road trips as of a certain event n 1988.


My husband was on quick business trip to the heart of Silicon Valley- Sunnyvale. He might be home that night: or he might be home the next day. Checking in with his secretary late that afternoon to figure out if I should clean up whatever project I was working on or take our sons out to dinner, Lolly was very clear "Go out to dinner. Take your time. In fact, make sure you have a glass of wine." 


That hit me as kind of odd comment at the end, about the wine. But not as odd as what Gerry said when he called just after we got home from filling up at The Whole Enchilada "It's not as bad as they say it is on the news."


???????  


I turned on the TV to see the only story running featured a parking lot full of TV vans, crews and satellite dishes at the ESL plant where Gerry was. A fired employee who was stalking a co-worker there decided he was going to make a very big statement on the eve of her restraining order hearing against him, later made into a movie  The Stalking of Laura Black True Story


Gerry was first in the upstairs conference room to notice the SWAT officers duck through the hallway. More fully outfitted officers crawled with their weapons through the courtyard. The doors were shut. Before it was over 7 people were dead. 4 were injured. 


Odd what I remember being told. Like one of the men in the group disclosing that years before he had been on a plane hijacked to Cuba. Hijacked and now this? That's not the best Karma for a travelling companion, in my opinion. 


Not something I think of directly, that day is likely why when such evil appears on the news, I turn the channel on news reports repeating the evil- doers name into our collective conscience. 


This isn't at all what I planned on writing. It just seemed right. To slow down.Think about the fleeting nature of life and what I will do for the next 30 days; just in case they are the last 30 days of my life. One never knows- we should always be prepared to exit without leaving unnecessary regrets or hardships for our loved ones.




God bless the people of Colorado in your time of grief. We will not forget you and promise to learn something from your pain. 









1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh Lydia, I too had a friend at ESL in Sunnyvale and he was working that day, too. He is now retired from TRW and living in Alabama. He's actually the person that got me into TRW so many years before it merged with Northrop Grumman.

Judy in Seal Beach