A little over two months ago, a woman that attended the same High School as me was horrifically murdered in public by an ex-partner/assailant (who also attended the same High School). After murdering the woman, I still remembered as a pretty, young girl, only two years older than myself, the assailant tried to take his own life, which eventually did occur several days later.
This entire tragedy took place in quiet, much loved community, at the woman's successful and admired boutique which happens, sadly, to be situated right next to a very popular local ice cream/eatery many locals and visitors frequent. This establishment also employs mostly college students because it is only open from Memorial Day to Labour Day each year.
This incident took place on Labor Day, one of the busiest days of the year for the community.
I write this post not to sensationalise, but to encourage those of us who serve our local communities, to remember and ask, "What more can I do?" which I have to give credit to John O'Leary for challenging me to ask that same question. If you have not heard of John O'Leary, I HIGHLY suggest you check him out!
The woman who was murdered has two beautiful sons, both still attending High School. I noticed an ingenious Meal Train had been set up by another "What more can I do?" thinker. I signed up for the month of October.
With heavy heart, I carried the meal and held the hand of one of my children while we walked to the front door of the home where the two, now motherless boys live. Their grandmother graciously received the meal from my child and I. We spoke for a few minutes. It was not difficult (I had a prior career that made me face these situations all too frequently) but I wanted to do more.
So, I checked the Meal Train this month. There was room for more opportunities to make dinner and I signed up.
And so in the days and weeks coming forward, I will continue to ask, "What more can I do?" and be ever so grateful I have the support of my family, the health and ability to do good work, provide great service, volunteer, teach in any way I can that love wins and write about this, because to share these intimate life events with others, is to remind and keep alive the spirit in all of us that with just a little effort, care and concern, we can as just one, single, individual make a difference.