There are certain photos that stay with a person and the recent one of anguished Tom Sullivan embracing family members will be one I won’t ever forget. He hadn’t yet heard that his beautiful son Alex, 27, had died in that awful Colorado shooting. That picture transported me back to when I was just a kid. I had seen the same the same look on my mom’s face.
I had walked down to the store which meant I had to cross the busy main street at the crosswalk. While I was in the store a young girl was hit by a car and lay in a heap on the road. At that moment my mom and dad had driven by. I had asked permission to go to the store so they knew I had to cross the road. And my mom thought that girl was me.
She had reached that little girl just as I left the store less than half a block away. I will never forget the look on her face. Just then she looked up and saw me. She covered the distance between us in a millisecond and hugged me like she’d never let go. That’s what I thought of when I saw that heart wrenching photo.
I will never, ever understand violence of any proportion. It makes my heart ache. I can only continue to live the best way I know how. To try and live in peace. To help those who need help. To comfort those who mourn. To be brave enough to lay down my life, both figuratively and literally, if ever need be, for others. To just try and make a difference in my little section of the world.
Alex Sullivan, 27
John Larimer, 27
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Micayla Medek, 23
John Blunk, 26
Alex Teves, 24
Alexander “AJ” Boik, 18
Gordon Cowden, 54
Rebecca Wingo, 32
Matt McQuinn, 27
Jesse Childress, 29
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
R.I.P. The world is a lesser place without you.
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” ― Fred Rogers