Watch this video I shot from my backyard last evening. While only one helicopter is visible, try to picture the half-dozen or so that were also in the sky at the time. Most of all, listen to the sirens. I only took about 2 minutes of video, but this sound droned on for much longer. After you listen, I'll provide the context.
On Wednesday, in my friend's neighborhood north of here, a police sergeant was shot and killed in the line of duty when responding to a burglary call. His body was taken to the Los Angeles coroner's office that night. Yesterday, his body was returned to the Antelope Valley. For 75 (or so) miles, the hearse was accompanied by police motorcycles and cruisers. For 75 miles, first responders and citizens lined every freeway overpass to pay their respects. And for 75 miles, the somber sound of sirens echoed.
Yesterday was, in many ways, a repeat of Wednesday. Here is a video clip made by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department showing part of Wednesday night's procession, when Steve Owen's body was taken to the coroner's office.
In the midst of this tragic, senseless killing, what good can I find? Plenty.
The community has banded together in support of Sgt. Owen's widow and children. Unlike other areas of the nation, this confrontation has not sparked looting or riots. (Now, I do recognize that the circumstances are not the same, since it was a policeman who lost his life and not the suspect, but I am still thankful that the community aftermath has been peaceful.)
I am thankful for the safety of my friend. I am also thankful that my friends and I were not at this friend's house on Wednesday. We were there Thursday for a luncheon. Had our lunch group been scheduled for Wednesday instead of Thursday, lunch would have stretched into dinner, as her neighborhood was locked down for many hours. And while I am sure that we would have enjoyed each other's company (I am so thankful for the support of good friends), I am also relieved that we all were not so close to the action.
I am thankful for peace within the walls of my home, even when there is chaos in the world.
I am thankful for my lunch group of friends. We have been meeting every so often, whenever anyone has a birthday that month. Yesterday, we decided that we need to meet more frequently, and so the latest plan is to have an after-election day commiseration luncheon. (I don't often discuss politics on this blog; let's just say than none of our group is thrilled with this election, so no matter what the outcome, it will be a commiseration luncheon.)
That being said, we are not a woe-is-me group. We've discussed some serious topics together, but all in a supportive, optimistic, hopeful spirit. I am fortunate to know such good women.
I am also thankful for dogs. Dogs make me smile. Drexel played gracious host to fellow career-changed dogs, Dee (not to be confused with Deedee) and Striker this week. (Disclaimer--the toy Drexel and Striker were playing with is not Guide Dog approved. I never let puppies-in-training play with it, and it is only played with by other dogs under supervision. And, it has now been retired.)
And speaking of Deedee, I received an email this week informing me that she has been placed into her forever home. It sounds like a perfect match, and I am thrilled! I'm thankful for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and their dedicated puppy placement staff, who assure that the puppies get matched up well. I'm also thankful for Deedee's new family, who shared photos and videos with me.
I haven't assigned numbers to my items this week, but my heart is full of gratitude. As always, I am thankful for John. He is always supportive and kind. Though we can see negativity in the world, ours is a positive relationship, and I am so thankful for that.
What are you thankful for this week? There is good in the world--what have you noticed?
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