video by Purple, Rock, Scissors
I’d like to say this week has been filled with ups and downs, but – in all honesty – it’s been mostly down. You know how it’s said that you never think it’ll happen to you until it does? Well that goes for hometowns, too.
When I was in high school and something bad happened in our country, we would discuss the possibility of it happening closer to us. Our answer was simple: No one will ever want to do that, there are places far more “important.” Plus, we’re home of the Happiest Place on Earth. That counts for something, right? I don’t think we ever imagined someone would choose Orlando as the site of mass carnage just because they didn’t like our friends, our schoolmates, our coworkers.
I woke up this past Sunday morning to a Facebook newsfeed filled with friends pleading for their friends to call them, text them, update their statuses…I began fearfully listing friends that could have possibly been there and thinking of friends who lived out of state but knew frequenters of the club. And I became thankful, oh so thankful, for the Facebook safety check.