Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sad News

I am very saddened by the deaths of the five women at the Lane Bryant in Tinley Park, IL. I shop at one of the LB locations in Chicago every couple of months. Why, I was just there about ten days ago and bought a pair of jeans on sale. The store is always quiet, often with just me and one or two sales clerks in the place. It's just so unfathomable that you can be murdered just for shopping for plus-size clothes. It drives home how the actions of one individual, in just a few moments, seconds even, can cause such irreparable harm to innocent people.

I know, I know. Wrong place, wrong time. But, it reiterates the tenuousness of life in general. And reminds me how lucky I am just to be alive.

My prayers are with the families of those women.

My own mother wasn't shot, but she died suddenly and unexpectedly at a young age. But even I can only imagine the horror, disbelief and devastating grief they must be feeling. I feel so sorry for them and for the young lives lost that will never have the chance to live out their own potential.

I just hope they get that guy, and soon. And I hope he never sees the light of day again. I don't believe there is forgiveness for this type of crime. I do hope that the families can come to terms with this at some point in the future and get on with their lives. That they can find their way to forgiveness as a balm for their heartache. But there is no rehabilitation for this murderer. I really don't believe you can ever right this kind of immeasurable wrong.


Ms. Mamma said...

Maggie- I've been very emotional lately and geez, I'm giving you a big cyber-hug. Losing your mother had to be really must have been so young and now to have to deal with your pops and you're STILL too young to lose him. My fam is very small and my relationship w/ my dad is pretty topical. Just sending you some love from a stranger up north. XO

Maggie Sumner said...

Thanks, Ms. Mamma. A hug back to you and SF (oh, and your poo-eating doggy, too, just don't get me near her mouth!).