Better Late Than Never

I was supposed to tell you something you don’t know about me on Monday. With the Boston Marathon bombing, I couldn’t do that, so I’m doing it today.

Last Monday we discussed my past life working with animals and today I thought we’d talk about one of my hobbies. I knit. And crochet. Sound weird? Are you suddenly picturing me as an elderly woman in a bathrobe? I hope not, but that seems to be the general response I get. People wonder (aloud) how my life could possibly be so boring that I’ve resorted to working with yarn *shudder*.

So, I’ll put it out there for everyone. My life is not THAT boring. I have 2 kids, 2 dogs, a crazy cat, and a (slightly less crazy than the cat) hubby. I have cleaning to do, books to write, episodes of NCIS to watch. We go places, we do things. Honest.

Sometimes I just want to make a blanket for my kids. Often, my children and hubby are begging me for another pair of hand-knitted socks. I’ve found that it’s a relaxing pastime, one that has the added benefits of keeping my hands and fingers limber so I can write more, and I get to have something usable when I’m done. I even have an account on Ravelry, which if you’ve never been there, you should go. There are so many amazing patterns available it will make you wish you could knit. Trust me, it happened to me (though I admit my sister had been harassing me for years). The community there is incredibly helpful and there are even a lot of things that can be bought there. It’s a fantastic place (even if you don’t like playing with yarn – yet).

It’s not as ridiculous as it will sound to some of you. And I could definitely buy some, or impose upon my sister (who knits incredibly beautiful things) to knit something for me. And I might even get it within the next two years (she’s that busy). But there’s nothing so rewarding to me as doing it myself (and I honestly don’t believe I’d be able to type for as long as I do in one sitting without it). The satisfaction I feel when I bind off a knitting or crochet project is almost as good as writing the words THE END when I’m finished a book. They’re more similar than you think.

Boston Marathon Tragedy

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was there, and who had loved ones there. I can’t imagine what it must feel like, not knowing if your loved ones are safe. I hope that everyone will take a moment to pray for everyone affected, and keep them in your thoughts.

As Americans, we must all stick together and support each other through these trying times.  It is heartbreaking to have so many innocent people injured in an event that had nothing to do with them. The war on terror is happening right here at home, and we all have to stand together.

Gone are the days when we could go to concerts, festivals, or anywhere else and not think about what might happen. At least it has for me. I worry every time I send my children off to school, I worry when I go to sleep at night, and I worry when we go out. And that’s not to say that I’m some nutcase worry wart and this has taken over my life, because it certainly hasn’t. But if the kids are late getting home, or I hear a lot of sirens at night, or some guy seems nervous and twitchy in a public place? Yeah, it crosses my mind.

This is an epidemic affecting all of us, and while I am the first to admit I really have no idea what to do about it or how to fix it, I wish someone could give me a reassurance I could hold onto. I wish our government would come up with a plan that I could really stand behind, because so far they haven’t.

I won’t turn this into a tirade about gun laws, the national debt, or immigration, because those opinions are my own and don’t have any place here. I just miss the days when kids were able to play outside and our parents didn’t run out the door every time someone pulled over to take a call on their cellphone. When adults didn’t run into schools and mass murder innocent children. When people in the Boston Marathon just ran, and didn’t have to worry about their career, or their life, ending on the finish line.

I am so sorry for the losses that we all, as a country, lost today, and I hope someone stands up and finds us some real solutions so we won’t lose any more.

This is in no way meant to be any type of political statement, but I could not keep my usual blog schedule with this tragedy occurring today. I hope you can join me in my prayers for everyone affected, and I will try to resume my normal schedule tomorrow.