-DONT’T PUT IT OFF TILL IT’S TOO LATE…
We’ve been gone a wee little while. Mainly it was because we had started the physical aspects of the Dream Quest and sorting out doctor’s appointments. But this past Monday time stopped for me and the clock has yet to begin ticking again. Some of you may have seen the news coverage of the massacre in Building 197 of the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.
The very building where my oldest daughter works.
When I recieved a phone call from my middle daughter about the unfolding horrors I began immediately searching out more information on the internet. It was a very hard thing to accomplish when your hands are shaking and your eyes are blinded by tears. And the prayers to God saying over and over “Please don’t take away our chance for a Second Chance, PLEASE LET HER BE SAFE!”
Endless calls to the phone numbers posted for family members to call proved fruitless.
I finally posted a plea for prayers for my daughter and the rest of the employees of the Navy Yard on my facebook page. The response was immediate and overwhelming. One of her friends had seen the post and directed me to my daughters Employers facebook page where they had announced that all of their people were safe and accounted for. My feeling of relief was enormous yet I still couldn’t shake the terror and the tears. It would be hours before actual word from my daughter would be received.
What makes this situation even more unbearable is the fact that our relationship is strained. Complications of a divorce when my girls were teens and tweens and my efforts to protect them from more damage did not work out very well. All of my girls have suffered in various ways but my pain and regrets over my oldest daughter have remained strong as we have yet to heal the breach.
We came close to losing her on Monday as did many others and their loved ones. Twelve families are now coping with the reality that their loved one is gone. I cry for their anguish.
If I could have one thing…one wish granted…it would be to heal my families pain.
If you have a loved one or friend that has become emotionally lost to you…please reach out to them…past your former regrets and hurts…try to heal the rift between you because you never know when the chance for second chances will be gone forever. Don’t give up, no matter how much their rejection may hurt. My love for my daughter (all my daughters) is immense. They may not realize how much it is there because communications in the past have failed. But I’m not going to give up and I’m never going to stop loving them.
- Washington Navy Yard opens 3 days after massacre (newsday.com)
- Washington Navy Yard Opening Three Days After Massacre (baltimore.cbslocal.com)