As we drove along, the winding road seemed to disappear into a wall of fog. There was a surreal atmosphere of quiet that wrapped itself around the truck. We paused in our conversation to take notice of our surroundings.
Suddenly ahead we saw flashing lights. 2 men were standing by a truck, the drivers side door was open. One man wore a bright yellow vest with a big fluorescent red X emblazoned on his back. As we watched, he helped the other man put ona imiliar vest.. Ahead of the stopped truck was a big lit up panel blocking the way, It too sported a big red X.
Slowing down, my husband rolled down his window… the one man who was already dressed in the special outfit, walked over to the truck, asking us where we were headed. When told where we were headed, he said, that we could go no further on the road we were on, but needed to take a detour that would be identified when we turned the truck around.
My husband ever the news-hound, asked for information, and surprisingly we were told that there was a man with a weapon barricaded up ahead, and the whole area was cordoned off… As we made our way to the detour, we thought about what we had been told. Here we were out for a leisurely drive, content in our “world” and minutes away, was a very serious scene being played out. Children were involved, the “suspect” was holed up in an area very close to a school.
This is very serious, we knew it was happening, but there was nothing we could do but proceed with our own “day” and let the “drama” play out as it may. This was early afternoon, we later heard on the news, that the incident ended shortly after 5, no one was injured. Maybe not physically, but what kind of “mental” stress was placed on the people who were involved in the incident.
On our way back, the fog had lifted, and the sun was shining. It brought home for me, how important it is to live each moment with appreciation. We never know what is around the corner.
PL Precept # 18 Each Moment is a Turning Point
NB* we had a wonderful drive, the detour proved to be a meandering back road that was delightful. WE did get to Montebello, my sister, was able to tick the destination off of her to see list. In life, there is always BALANCE . and as noted, by the time we were heading back, the sun was shining and skies were blue.