Normally, not a lot of things make me cry… well, maybe lately, because of the unreal stress of having thieves steal my house, but generally no. But this week has been different and emotional.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ve heard of the riots in Baltimore this week that resulted in attacks on police and destruction of property, as well as school cancellations. The violence is personal for me, because I lived in Baltimore for several years. I graduated from the Johns Hopkins University. I had a house there. I worked there. I have friends there. For several years, it was my city too, and to watch it turn to chaos was jarring.
But among all the negatives – the looting, the burning, the pillaging and destruction, there were some rays of sunshine.
Baltimore residents cleaning up the CVS that was damaged and looted.
The Baltimore mom who yanked her errant offspring from the streets around after she saw him among the rioting crowds. Kudos to her, despite the douchey, hanky-wringing, and pants soiling by the “everything is racism” crowd about people applauding the “beating of a black child.” It’s called parents taking responsibility for their children, you idiots. Learn from her!
The folks who helped and supported the police as they worked to control the unrest.
All of this fills me with SO much hope!
While this story fills me with tears of joy, because I’m a veteran… because I’m a woman… because…
A patio chair smashed the sandwich shop window.
Glass fell around Midshipman Brad Kadlubowski, seated before a window, at the Subway shop in Baltimore.
Inside, a father steered his wife and two children to the back of the shop on Saturday. His son has asthma; the father worried about tear gas.
Another chair smashed another window.
Everyone to the back, the midshipmen instructed.
There’s this commercial for the Navy on TV nowadays that I see sometimes. It features a bunch of Navy folks in all types of different jobs standing in defense of civilians. It’s beautifully done, and it’s a brilliant campaign. These Midshipmen embody everything in that great ad. They embody everything a character in “A Few Good Men” said about the Marines in that particular case, but it really applies to all of our military. “Because they stand on a wall and say, ‘Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch.‘”
Beautifully said, and beautifully expressed. My special feelings of warmth go to Midshipman Madisen Grinnell. When caught in the protests, these Midshipmen directed families and to the back of the Subway shop, with women and children furthest back for safety. But not Midshipman Grinnell. “You’re in the military and a midshipmen — you should be in the front,” she insisted.
In the midst of all the drama and tears, Midshipman Grinnell, her male friends, and the folks in Baltimore who stood shoulder to shoulder united for peace, have been bright spots in an otherwise horrid week.
Hope in humanity a bit more restored than it was a few days ago.