Thoughts on the vacation that was

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. Winnie The Pooh

Back to work Monday, and I’m ready.

Maybe.

I spent one week doing as little as possible.

I read, slept, got some exercise, watched some movies, and just took time to breathe.

I did get to a SIFF screening of Bunker, spending quality time with my family.

And on Wednesday, I got on a local bus to travel to Trader Joe’s, to pick up some kale and trail mix, and found myself on the outskirts of a local tragedy. I was never in danger, but saw my community responding to multiple shootings, and a gunman on the run (in the neighborhood I was traveling to). I did my shopping, then caught a taxi home, shaken by the violence. I spent the rest of Wednesday watching the local news, and with relief watched when the gunman was cornered about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The gunman shot himself, and died a few hours later at Harborview Hospital. Five people died Wednesday, and one man is recovering from his gunshot wounds. If you are taking the time to read this post, I ask that you take a few moments to pray for the families of the gunman, his victims, and the lone survivor of the attacks.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with all of you how renewed and peaceful I feel right now, as I prepare to go back to work Monday. I took the time to stop, breathe, and listen to all the things I can’t hear, just like Winnie the Pooh recommends.

May you all take the time to do the same.

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About boomergrl49

Mom, Grandma, retired social worker, blogger. I love reading fiction of all kinds, and I'm also addicted to television (Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Amazon video).

Posted on June 2, 2012, in Bunker, vacation. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I heard about the shooting..my blog friend Mo’s office is just blocks from where it took
    place. She was safe but worried about her son in college there and friends who frequent that cafe etc. Scary thing people do to strangers who found themselves there on that fateful day. I, for one, am so glad you were not inside that place when that tragedy took place. Glad you found some well needed rest and peace before tackling work again. Enjoy your last day before work begins again.. Take care
    PS many prayers are said for all those who were so tragically taken down by a stranger.
    🙂

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  2. So glad Mo is okay, Carol. It was one scary day. And thanks for the prayers; I didn’t know any of the people involved. There was a prayer vigil this weekend.

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  3. Wow, your week has slipped away too fast!

    What a world we live in nowadays – barely a day goes past here without some local shooting, stabbing or murder in the news 😦

    I saw a nasty fight about 2 weeks ago and moved on past very swiftly (some were video recording on phones) as I did not wish to be a witness to anything.. Scary times we live in.

    Stay safe x

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  4. Hey Lady Banana, vacations do fly by, don’t they? Really scary times, all over the world. You stay safe also.

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  5. So glad you were able to relax on your vacation and am heartsick that your community is rocked by such needless violence. These wackos that kill people and then shoot themselves need to just skip the first part and end their own miserable lives….. alone.

    My heart aches for these families and for the people of Seatle that had their world rocked too.

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  6. Me too, Kathy. Thanks for the comment.

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