When Terrorism Hits Close To Home

April 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm (Crime, Geopolitics and International Relations, News) ()

I don’t often write about myself because like a lot of writers of fiction, I’m actually quite shy and introverted and do not like revealing details about my personal life.

The only exception I’ve found is when something deeply traumatic happens to me.

About 45 minutes ago, I was on Facebook and I got a notification that Joanna one of my friends in Toronto had marked herself as safe in the Traffic-Pedestrian Collision at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in North York, Toronto.

I thought “what’s this about?” and read it.

Apparently Joanna narrowly missed getting hit by a van that killed 9 people and injured 16 others.

It sounded to me like a terrorist attack.

And of course I got really angry like I do when I hear about most terrorist attacks.

Only this time it was more personal.

Joanna didn’t go into much details on it but I imagine she would have had her little baby girl Ellis in her arms at the time (as Joanna is a stay at home mom and Ellis is
less than a year old).

This image in my mind really got me angry.

Because Ellis is such a beautiful little girl and has such deeply expressive expressions on her face when Joanna posts pics on FB.

So in a world of increasing terrorist attacks, it was inevitable that someone I knew would either be directly affected by one or close to one.

I just thank God that neither Joanna nor Ellis was hurt or killed.

Please remember the victims of this tragedy and their family members and friends when you pray if you’re a praying person.

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