Reality Check

Skype call this morning with colleague in Belgium.

Wifi keeps cutting out as a helicopter passes over my house three times.

Me: I’m sorry for the interruption, there was a mass shooting in my neighborhood last night and the helicopters are interrupting my wifi.

Me Again: (recognizing the words that had just come out of my mouth) I need to stop right here. There was a mass shooting last night in my neighborhood. An assault weapon was used.  Two people died and five were injured.  That is what I should be sorry about, not my interrupted wifi.

Colleague:  I’m very sorry.

Me:  I am too.

Violence is normalized.  We accept it as just another part of the day. This isn’t normal.  Stop and recognized what is happening to you, to us.  This is our society and we are the only ones who will change it.

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