She is absolutely the greatest!
Now for the bad news; good ole Phil, the Punxsutawney ground hog, saw his shadow today. Damn! Six more weeks of winter.
And the other bad news, the really bad news. Today marks the one year anniversary of the killings at the Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, IL. One year ago today, a man entered this women’s apparel store on a Saturday morning and shot 6 women, killing five of them; and he is still at large.
This store is located one mile from my home; in a shopping area that I frequent. On that fateful day, one year ago, we were preparing for my mother’s 70th birthday party. As we were hanging decorations, these women were being shot; one execution style. As we were preparing food, helicopters were hovering and circling nearby, eventually over our subdivision. As we were singing Happy Birthday in celebration of my mother’s life, families were learning of the loss of their mother, sister, daughter.
The sign has since been removed from the storefront, as has the yellow police tape. The police cars and forensic vehicles are gone, though the media was there today. I saw them on my way to work.
So as I write this I rejoice that I still have my mother with me; but I also mourn for the lives that were