Saturday, April 21, 2007
For a few minutes today, in a very small way, I knew what the families of the VT students felt when the news of the shooting there first broke and little was clear, because Marine Son lives in a military housing area just about a mile from where a Blue Angel crashed this afternoon during an air show. The initial reports only indicated that the plane went down in “a residential area.”
I was away from home and heard the story on the radio. I know my son well enough to know that if an air show was in town, he was there…and not in his home. But then he didn’t answer his cell phone when I called to check. Fortunately for me, I suppose, I’m not an overreactor.
He was indeed at the air show and he and his family are fine. We now know that apparently only the pilot died.
But for those few minutes, the horrible thing was possible. And for one family, the pilot’s family, that horror is real.