Tragedy in Florida
It was a sad week to be in Florida, one week ago. I can only begin to imagine being one of those parents. Even now they surely must wonder how the world can continue to turn without their child in it. How indeed? But, somehow, the world does turn, and life goes on, doesn’t it? The traffic still stalls at the intersection, the checkout line waits impatiently; obstetricians, school buses, and the UPS trucks make their deliveries. The flags fly at half-mast, the huge ones that can’t, wave long black mourning streamers from their finials mocking the cheerful blue sky. After every tragedy, we go on. We drag our sorrow along like a ball and chain, pack our sadness into our backpacks, and move forward grasping all the courage we can find. We must do this, or we hand a victory to Evil. Prime Minister Churchill said it: My dear people. We must carry on. We must. Carry on.
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Deanna lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. She belongs to a local bookclub, SCBWI, Catholic Writers Guild, ACFW, NCWN and other writing groups.