It was a Monday. I was at the Short Hills Mall, looking forward to my computer class at the Apple Store. The Apple Store is located inside the mall, somewhere between Papyrus Paper and Macy’s. My class was about using the iPhone’s camera. Just in time for the holidays; one of the rare times everyone would be together in one place at the same time. I was not going to miss the photo opportunity I expected to have.
As I walked through the mall I had an uncomfortable feeling: the memory of a horrific crime that took place right here in December, 2013: close to this time of year.
‘Stay with me!’: New Jersey widow recalls husband’s murder amid Short Hills mall carjacking
Too many killings have taken place recently. Gun violence is no longer a new concept, or a concept that existed only back in the days of the Wild West. The world has become a frightening place to navigate.
I offer no brilliant solutions to the many problems our society faces. But I can hope that you and everyone you love and care about have safe comings and goings this holiday season and forever after.
Comments on: "TRAGEDY WITH THE GIFTS" (8)
I too think of that tragic event when I’m at the SH mall. Very scary times and if we continue to allow guns to all it will sadly continue.
Yes, Lisa. More sad news like this will be coming again, I’m afraid.
This things are just tragic and the memory never leaves.
No, the memory never leaves. And if you are merely a bystander (rather than an unwilling participant,) fear can develop that you never had before.
I used to think (smugly) that here in Canada, this kind of thing didn’t happen.
I am no longer smug.
Have a safe and happy holiday has so much poignancy — because ‘safe’ never used to be part of the greeting. And now it is.
I am sorry that lovely Canada lives with the same worries and fears as we in the United States do.
It can happen anywhere. Even in church on a Sunday morning. My you have a safe and happy holiday!
You are absolutely right! I wish you a safe and happy holiday too!