Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tragedy Hits Home

Well, all, my personal drama is nothing compared to what has transpired for so many others this week.

Tonight I attended a memorial service for my husband's cousin, who at the young age of 26, took his own life. He was an actor in New York, and at the risk of revealing anything about who I am, will only say that his face would be recognizable from bit parts in some films you may have seen. He'd lost two people close to him in a couple of years, the first being the love of his life in a car accident, and then later a friend.

Upon returning home, we learned that a suburb within a stone's throw of our home has suffered a major tragedy. Anytime a cop is shot, I freak out. I have friends who are cops. There are two dead in Kirkwood tonight, along with 3 city officials and the gunman. I do not know any of them personally, but I can't believe this has happened. http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/02/07/city.council.shooting/index.html

Anyway, I guess the point of all of this is that our own personal crosses are often so much lighter than those belonging to others. Kiss your babies, hug your friends, tell everyone you love them.

Peace.

7 comments:

LoriD said...

I'm so sorry about your husband's cousin. How tragic.

I just saw a news article about the Kirkwood shooting. So senseless.

Erica said...

I, too, am very sorry to hear about your husband's cousin. It's such a tragedy when someone so young and full of promise looses the fight against their demons.

I read about the Kirkwood shootings this morning and felt sick to my stomach. It always makes this sort of thing so much more real when you know the area they're talking about. Like if it's in some far away place I've never heard of, it's not real. But Kirkwood? That's real.

Tessie said...

I'm so sorry about all of this.

I cannot imagine having a family member who was a police officer. Talk about constant terror.

mom of the year said...

All: Thanks so much for your thoughts on hubs' cousin. Truly a tragedy.

On Kirkwood, I am still in shock today. It's all just crazy. Crazy, man. The sad thing is that Kirkwood has gone through a lot in terms of alleged racial unrest and the city, and this no doubt will eventually become part of that...

Artemisia said...

I am so, so sorry. I would imagine you are all reeling. I have you, your family and your husband's cousin in my thoughts.

mom of the year said...

Artemisia: Thanks, babe. I didn't know him personally, but watching his folks, whom I know well, was pretty tough...

Kristen said...

Oh man, I am so sorry to hear about all of that. I instantly thought of C's husband when I heard about the shootings...
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