If only minutes earlier...
I live very close to the 35W bridge as much of the U community does. I traveled over this bridge numerous times a day. We were headed home and crossed only a few minutes before the bridge fell to the river. Exiting to home we saw dozens of police cars and fire trucks race past. I saw a police car towing a boat. I told my friend that something serious must be happening, thinking how much the volume of emergency vehicles whizzing by reminded me of 9/11.
Arriving home, I turned on the news. Needless to say, sadness, devastation and also some inspiration.
I keep thinking about all the what-ifs. How would I get the baby unstrapped from the car seat. Would Tiana be able to get out quickly enough from the very back of the 'Burban? Would this? Would that? I talked to her about emergency situations and am even reconsidering the initial no I gave when my nearly ten-year old asked for her own cell phone (most of her friends have their own). We watched the news incessantly and finally turned it off.
Chris Brown is (again) blasting from the living room. We've cleared the furniture for the upcoming 10th bday celebration that will put a dozen sleeping bags filled with pre-teens in my house. I hear the playstation going:
The phone calls and emails filled with concern and love are subsiding. I feel special, important and valuable to a lot of people.
All of this has sparked my energy. There's a reason why I'm here. Thanks to all the heavens, those that watch over me and my children, and the special energy that sits on my shoulder and gets me through the day.
TT passed level 5 and is now in Level 6 swim lessons! Her teacher said she's a strong swimmer and should consider swim team. Why is swim team $75/month? That's $900/year. I'm taking up the collection plate. Please help me help my daughter achieve all destined for her.
Donate to the Rachel is a poor, broke, grad student with an awesome daughter who needs $900 for swim team this year fund!:
Love. Peace. Blessings. Hope.
Tiana and Little Steve a.k.a. "Bubba", July 2007
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It's nap-time right now so I better get working.