Skip to main content

Some tough anniversaries coming up

April is normally a month of hope. The first full month of spring. Typically Easter falls within it. We usually end up with at least a week or two of nice weather (one year we had a week in the 80s). People spend time outside. Baseball season starts (remember, no one starts with a losing record!).

This April, however, and particularly over the next two weeks, I will be thinking about the one-year anniversary of some sad things that occurred within a seven-day period last year.

  • The tragic death of Amy's (from Callapitter) children. I will be sending her good thoughts and vibes over the next few weeks. As difficult as this last year has been for her, I am surmising the anniversary will be trying in a different way. I am, however, glad to see that plans for the playground memorializing her children are coming together. If you are interested in donating, please go here.
  • The slaying of three Pittsburgh police officers. Sadly, someone is killed almost every week in and around the city. But when three officers are taken down like that, it is truly chilling and provides a sobering reminder of the dangers of an officer's job. A memorial is planned for the officers, which you can read about here.
  • The deadly accident at St. Maurice Church last Good Friday. Since Good Friday is only a week away and because two of the people injured in the accident are now suing the diocese, this event is pretty much upon us now. In fact, I am fully expecting there to be cameras at church next week.
As I understand it, the couple's insurance did not cover everything, so I can see why they are doing it. But I am a disheartened by the lawsuit. How is the diocese negligent in this? Fr. Elmer was driving the car that ran into a handful of people. It makes me want to sue the parents of the 20-something guy that ran into the utility pole at Christmas, causing the power surge that in turn caused a lot of damage to my neighborhood. The parents should be just as responsible for his actions as the diocese is for a priest, right?

Well, that is enough sadness for one post. I will still try to remember that hope springs eternal. And spring brings eternal hope. Or something like that.


Sherri said…
Yes - it is a tough month. It's a rough time of year for people experiencing loss. Spring, Easter - all reaffirmations of life, and so many have lost so much. You're like me..... you do remember to appropriately reflect on these things. So many people don't. Have a good weekend.

Popular posts from this blog


Lately, I have had some anxiety. I have been waking up within an hour of when I fall asleep (partially because my bladder has its own timetable). And then I lie awake, worrying about various things. Mostly I worry that I am failing as a parent. I worry that I allow my child to be disrespectful to me more than she should. I worry that I am not forcing my shy child to do more things. And I worry that the few things I am pushing her to do will make her resent me. I worry that she gets stressed about school. I worry that she is bothered because she does not have a lot of friends. I worry because I don't know why that is.

I worry that we will be stuck in our house in our bad school district, a place where we would not send our child to high school when she graduates in two years (two years!). Then I worry that our somewhat introverted child will have to go to cyber school. Because there is just no way that we could afford to send her to Catholic high school, for which tuition is curren…

Why I am an "Other"

Last month while I was getting my driver's license picture taken, I tried to change my political party affiliation. For whatever reason, my choices were Democrat, Republican, Other, and None. But first, how I got there.

I registered as a Democrat when I first registered to vote, just before the '92 election. At that time, I was "kind of" liberal (for growing up in a somewhat rural area in western PA), and pretty much all of my relatives were registered that way, so it made sense. I was not really into politics at that young age, however.

As I got into my late 20s, I started to realize I was becoming more conservative, so a few years later, when it was time to renew my driver's license, I changed to Republican. I still remember the day at work when I told my coworker Anne that I was really a Republican. She told me she had known it for years. During the 2008 election, I was on board with John McCain running for president, mostly because I thought he was a good pe…

My first and hopefully my last biposy (or I would rather be at the beach)

This past Monday afternoon I had my biopsy. Up until Sunday night, I was not worried. In fact, I was never really concerned about having cancer; it was the needle part that bothered me. As it turns out, there is more than a needle; there is an actual incision. So it was not surprising that I only got a few hours of sleep. But on a positive note, I cruised right down the Parkway that morning, being the Monday before the 4th, so there was that.

I got there at the prescribed 30 minutes ahead of time; in fact, it was probably close to 35 minutes! I had to wait about 10 minutes, during which I could feel my seat vibrate (still not sure about that; I was tired but I don't think I was imaging it). Then I went back, changed, and waited in the "gowned waiting area" for no more than 5 minutes. Not even enough time to find out whose twins Jennifer Garner was pregnant with! WARNING: What follows will be detailed, though not too graphic.

Then I went back to a room, where someone as…