Monday, June 8, 2009

Uncomfortably numb

Last week was a sequence of tragedies. First I was brought to tears by the fate of those poor people on Air France flight 447. About half of them were Brazilians and I couldn't help but feel that it was a cruel blow, since some of these people had probably been saving their entire lives to go on this trip. To die in such a sudden and violent death, the only blessing is that they did not survive the crash and drown/been eaten by sharks. As a frequent flyer myself, a situation like this hits close to home. But not as close as the news I got on Wednesday that a woman from the lab next to mine was found murdered, her throat cut, probably by her husband of just a few months. There has been very little information forthcoming about why he did this, though some are speculating that psychological problems were involved (bipolar? drugs?) I don't even know if he has confessed, but he did get officially arrested. Apparently the cops found him Tuesday night in a parking lot covered in blood. They chased his car for some time until he crashed and then took him to the hospital to treat his "self inflicted wounds". After stopping by his apartment they found it on fire (deliberately set) and his wife missing. She was discovered just about 400 feet from the home by some joggers the next morning. It is a gruesome tale as it is, but the fact that I knew her, spoke with her, had lunch with her, it just seems surreal. Things like this do not happen in real life. They happen in movies and books, tv shows like CSI or Bones. I can still see her walking down the halls. I remember telling her she looked just like Julianne Moore...
I think I am so emotionally drained now that I can't even focus on the awful daycare fire news from Mexico. They mentioned this morning that frantic parents had driven their cars into the building to try and free the kids. The doors were padlocked, the windows to high for them to get out...

1 comment:

Spatula said...

Yikes. I recommend not watching or reading the news for a bit. Because they will not stop reporting horrible things you can't do anything about...

I lost a high school teacher and a classmate to this kind of violent murder, so I sympathize with the shock and disbelief. One of the sickening things about our world is just how much of this crap there is all over the place.

Think good thoughts! Don't let it drag you down.