I didn't think to mention it, but when I got here to the d-chair and opened my email there were hundreds of urgent messages asking me if I was OK.
Yes, there was a mass shooting on Saturday night in the Heritage Square shopping center in front of my apartment, and yes, I overlook the area where most of the bullets were fired.
One of the restaurants hosted a Juneteeth celebration, and at 3:30 in the morning somebody decided to open fire, killing one man and injuring several others.
I didn't hear or see a thing, oddly enough. If I did hear it in my sleep, I probably thought it was fireworks and rolled over, and I didn't see any of the emergency lights because I closed the blinds completely (for the first time in the four years I've lived here).
Driving to dialysis this morning was very eerie, since it seems that all of the area has been cleaned and will return to "normal" today. The windows that were shattered will be replaced, the sidewalks will be scrubbed, and the people will go about their business on this summer Monday morning as if nothing happened.
In the meantime, I pray for the man who died to rest in peace. I pray that his family will find some comfort in their grief, and I pray for the injured to recover. But most of all, I pray that we will eventually figure this out.
Thank you, Friends, for checking on me.