Saturday, December 15, 2007

Not My Best Day

As you can see, I still haven't resolved the issue of my header picture running away. I haven't had much time to think about it, though.

We all know that nothing runs smoothly for long and I've hit a snag. I won't let the children know that I just want to go and hide in a cave. I'll keep a bright smile and move along.

The first upset happened just after 9 PM last evening. Long story short the Huntsville police received a call to respond to an accident not more that three blocks from our home. The current story is that when the police arrived a man who was inebriated was sitting on the curb. When the police tried to arrest him the man pulled a hand gun and shot one of the two policemen between the eyes. The standing policeman and two citizens managed to wrestle the man to the ground and apparently they weren't very gentle with him. There were sirens, blocked roads, phone calls going back and forth between houses, and a myriad of other confusion. The police are still holding details close and people are really confused. It was well after 2 AM before I could get settled down and even longer before I went to sleep. (Judy, it was on the northwest corner of the Bailey Cove-Weatherly intersection in front of the grocery store.)

Harry let me sleep until I woke up this morning so I missed the initial phone call telling me that my sister had a stroke while visiting her son in Colorado. She was air-lifted back to Palm Springs. I just called the hospital and she wanted to talk to me and did try. I believe her mind is fairly clear but she can hardly talk. There is a full time nurse with her so I don't worry about her being alone. She is the lady whose 91st birthday picture I posted a few weeks ago. Only she and I remain as representatives of our generation (in this family) and I do not relish the idea of being alone in that role.

Harry went to a reef club meeting and I'm making the effort to gather myself and move forward. I have so much to be thankful for and I must keep a positive outlook. Especially with Christmas only days away.

Bottom line: If I'm out of sight for a couple of days, please understand. If I start to have a pity party, remind me of all I have to be thankful for. I'll be OK when I catch up on sleep (again) and get my mind settled.

My best to everyone. Tell everyone close to you that you love them and include a big hug/kiss to seal the statement. Hugs to all of you.


Happyone said...

That is just awful about the police officer being shot like that.
I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I hope she recovers quickly. I will say a few extra prayers this evening for her as well as for you.

C.A. said...

Mary I'm so sorry for your bad times. I wish I could reach out and put my arms around you and give you a big comforting "it's going to be alright" hug. I will pray for you and those involved in both situations. Please know I am thinking of you and wishing you peace.


Cindi Ann

SOUL said...

wow.... i'm really sorry to hear about your sister. i do know how it must feel (not how it does feel), but my sis is the only one i have left too...and it would be hell to lose her.
i'll be praying for your sis--and of course you as well.

the cop story--- that is sad, and a bit too close for comfort eh? i hate to hear stories like that so close to holidays. i always hate hearing them...but sudden loss, really makes future holidays rough...forever. for family and friends.

take care, and don't think too much. thinking too much gets people in trouble sometimes.

Michelle said...

I am so sorry about your sister. I hope she recovers well from the stroke. You are both in my thoughts.

Very awful about the police officer and the confusion that followed. It is a bad time to have something like that happen at the holidays or any day.

((big hug)) and a virtual cup of tea for you,

Jamie said...

My goodness, I am so sorry to hear about your sis, the both of you will be in my prayers. ((Mary))

I am hoping that you have better news today..

CRUSTY MOM-E said...

I'm very very sorry to hear what is all happening in your world!
Your family is being thought of by us!
Find peace and return when you're able!
lots of hugs and hugs and more hugs!!!
and remember, it is okay to cry.

Cheryl said...

What a tragedy for that policeman and for his family. Just awful. And then the news of the stroke. So sad.

Take joy from your family. Be well.

Mary said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and prayers. I really needed them - and still do. The gathering today helped, too. We agreed to not linger on sad and concentrate on happier notes. Once again, thank you. I'll try to post again tomorrow.

Summer said...

When you get a big shock (two)like you've had it's human nature, to pull back, to circle the wagons, so you can nurture yourself. Do it.

I'm so sorry about your sister. Let us know how she's doing. And the policeman, that's too horrible for words.

Michelle said...

I am glad the gathering helped your spirits. Sometimes the best comfort comes from your family. Please let us know how your sister is doing and you, when you feel like it. You are both in my thoughts.