As you probably have heard or read, there was an awful tragedy in Minneapolis, Minnesota yesterday afternoon, at the height of rush hour traffic nonetheless! Lined up bumper-to-bumper, vehicles succumbed under the buckling and ultimate ripping apart of this structure which spanned the width of the Mississippi River.
My brother lives in Minneapolis not very far from this bridge. When I first clicked on CNN.com and read this story my initial instinct instinct was to call him. I could not get through as all the phone circuits were tied up. Although I was pretty certain he was ok, the worst does go through your mind: was he driving on the bridge on his way home from work? What if I can’t get a hold of him?
Fortunately he later text messaged me and said that he was already home, to which I sighed a huge breath of relief. Then the eerie feeling crept inside me that for almost a dozen families, that sigh of relief will never come. The feeling lingered, and I said a few silent prayers. The people to whom my prayers were directed to don’t know me and I don’t know them, but there was an anonymous connection nonetheless, and I hope they find courage and strength to get through this.
I was going to post a few pictures here but then I realized it was not necessary and not my place. There are plenty of appropriate sources where one can find photos and videos – no doubt CNN will have additional coverage of the story and maybe John will take part in bringing us the latest news. If he does, I’m certain he will tell the story with the same sensitivity he conveyed when the Virginia Tech shootings occurred, as well as other national tragedies he has covered.
I’m just feeling blessed that he won’t be telling a story which could have been a lot more personal to me.
Let’s all take the time to count our blessings.