Last week when I was starting to write this post I was writing about one person who I know who does good for others and then they news showed the other night that the Walmart my sister works at had someone with weapons come in the store. I didn’t know all the details, just what had been share with the local news paper who reported it and my heart stopped. I started to panic, I called my parents and asked if my sister was working. She was. So I texted her, just wanting to know that she was safe. I did not ask any other details as at that moment all I cared about was that I knew that she was safe. She replied a few minutes later and then the relief set in that she was ok and my thoughts went to the other people who were in the store. Little by little more has come out about it and thankfully the only person harmed in it was the person with the weapons, but those few minutes of unknown were a panic and I can only imagine what my sister and the rest of the people in that store felt during that time.
I have dealt with deployment when Tom deployed. I have dealt with the phone call that there was an accident when Tom was deployed. Those I can handle. Close to home where it should be safe sets a panic in me. One that we should not have to deal with here at home. I can’t, I just can’t even put the words in to place that express how much I wish we could stop this from happening at home. People in general hurting others. It has nothing to do with guns, or gun control. It plain and simple has to do with I wish others would stop hurting other people.
My wish for this year is that people are safe, I know it is a HUGE wish. I know it is one that will never fully happen, I know there is no real solution to it because we can not control other people. But that is my wish, that we as a whole can be safe, that we can feel safe.