I am so disheartened by a news story this morning. A young mother, rushing home from her six year old’s graduation, stopped at the supermarket for groceries. On her way home, she crashed into another car, lost control of her vehicle, and hit a tree. Not wearing a seat belt, she died on impact. Her four and six year olds suffered broken bones; they were belted.
As tragic as this already is, the story gets darker. Thieves looted the car of her groceries with her and her boys inside, before emergency services arrived.
What kind of human can look upon the face of this dead woman, look upon the faces of crying boys hurt in the back seat, and steal the groceries and run. What kind of human can sit down and enjoy a meal from what is taken………
It should be no surprise, but this image lingers inside my mind, and I am unable to grasp the darkness that man possesses.
The spoils of war on this day, in particular, D Day. Soldiers’ bodies have been looted since war began. Civil war soldiers first had the necessities taken, by other soldiers in dire need……shoes, socks, ammunition. Then, came the scavengers…….out for jewelry, tokens, souvenirs.
The battlefield changes the perspective of life and death, and survival. But this tragic scene in a US city was not a battlefield. It was a young mother, just on her way home from the supermarket, thinking about what she was going to make for dinner.
My heart saddens for those two boys……for many reasons and the horror they witnessed.
Let us remember this nation’s greatest generation, the heroes on this historic day………..