June 17, 2016 – KTLA reports that last night a woman deliberately placed a preschool-aged child in a burning SUV before joining her, and they both died. This happened in South Los Angeles not far from where my daughter was sleeping peacefully in her bed while I was writing a Father’s Day post.
On Tuesday, a two-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator near a Walt Disney World hotel in Florida, and, despite his father’s best rescue efforts, was killed. CNN reports that authorities found Lane Graves drowned the following day, his little body intact save for puncture wounds. Apparently, his father had scared off the alligator but couldn’t find his son in the murky water.
The most frightful events of this week happened at the start of this week: Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando. This terrorist-inspired hate crime against the free and felicitous shook the US to its core and carried aftershocks across the world. Sunday’s horror show is becoming a sickeningly familiar story.
It hasn’t been an easy week in The States, to say the least. What is easy, however, is to focus on the negative, especially when the media puts it on replay day after day. Yet, what’s easy isn’t always what’s best. Finding the positive, no matter how difficult, and focusing on it makes the difference between a bad week and a bad life. That’s what I love about the American Spirit, as demonstrated by the survivors of the Orlando shooting, who were determined to defy terror and a celebrate love over hate.
The “love over hate” part may be applied in the form of sympathy and compassion for the Graves Family (the parents of the toddler recently killed by an alligator) and similarly to Michelle Gregg, the mother of the boy who fell into the Gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo.
When we have weeks like this, we hold our loved ones closer, remember the power of gratitude, and know that tomorrow brings the promise of new beginnings. Enjoy time with your families this weekend, especially celebrating the positive, marvelous men in your and your children’s lives on Father’s Day.