Today was a day plagued by sadness...a feeling I've become all too familiar with. The company I work for is made up of roughly 400 employees, mostly men (there's like 11 women in the whole company) so there's always something new going on. My mom is a teacher, so she usually hears news and gossip long before I do. Yesterday afternoon she text me that someone had been shot in the community. As much as this seems to be happening in our world, I didn't give it too much thought...until I realized the victim was one of our employees. He had just celebrated his 18th birthday, and was getting ready to graduate this coming spring with plans of a bright future. He was cleaning guns in his garage with a friend, and the friends gun happened to discharge (its labeled a homicide as of now). The shot struck the young teen in the head, leaving him nearly lifeless. They rushed him to the hospital for emergency surgery, but sadly he passed away hours later.
We had several employees out today, and many mourning as the day progressed and specific events of the tragedy unfolded. Unfortunately, accidents like this seem to be reoccurring events in our community. Death isn't something I'm fond of talking about, and each time I hear something like this makes me fear for my husbands life. He risks his life so that so many can be free to do whatever it is they wish to do. I thank every member of our military that sacrifices as much as they do.
Count your lucky stars, and pray for all those in need!