This morning upon leaving my home to run errands, I turned right instead of left....At first I was mad at myself for going the wrong way, but sighed and continued on in the opposite direction of my original destination. I've been on "overwhelm" lately and just figured my "old age" was kicking in and my internal GPS was off kilter. Why does it even matter that I made a wrong turn?
If I would have turned left and made it to my destination at that time, I would have been in the parking lot of the Safeway store where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and many Tucson citizens were shot this morning. I had planned to go to Safeway to check out their cupcake selection for my daughter's upcoming 8th birthday party. Had I turned left like I'd intended instead of right onto Oracle Road, I would have been there when this tragedy took place. This Safeway store is less than a mile from my home and one that I often frequent.
I heard about the shooting when I was on my way back home from other errands. I was completely in shock. I'm devastated for the families of the victims, the injured and absolutely sickened that a child's life was taken in this senseless tragedy.
I immediately came in the house and grabbed my son tightly. He'd tried to get a job at this very Safeway store a few weeks back. I am so grateful that he didn't get this job. He would have most likely been in the parking lot gathering carts or at the very least in the store when this occurred.
I thank God for pointing me in a different direction. My prayers are with the families involved in this horrible tragedy.