This season of the year I am reminded of all the others. People I do not know, strangers impacted by loss. Mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, friends, all approaching another anniversary. I think of them each year. Their collective pain. I imagine their courage has enabled them to move forward. Together they believe tomorrow will be lighter. Tomorrow will be a little easier to breathe.
Waco Texas Siege — April 19, 1993
Oklahoma City Federal bombing — April 19, 1995
Columbine High School shooting — April 20, 1999
Boston Marathon bombing — April 15, 2013
A total of 260 lives lost. Together we shoulder that loss. Together we remember. Together we hope and heal.