I promised myself when I started this blog six months ago that I would focus on the photos while sharing some of my life. I stray from that today because yesterday’s events affect KI and me as we live in Columbia, and KI works here.
A week ago if this had been a blog title very few would take notice. Today, Columbia Maryland joins the many other US cities where gun violence has permeated the quiet peacefulness of every day life. As I posted on Facebook, I was going to run some errands yesterday at the mall-my fourth trip of the week. Why so many trips to the mall? Columbia’ mall is our downtown. We eat there, shop there, go to movies, do our banking there, and even exercise there( it’s so big and open that there are walking groups that meet to do laps there). The Apple store has classes there for iPad, MAC and iPhone users. I often work on a photo project at the store so I can get realtime help. Even our title company is located at the mall.
Even after all the violence that has happened with guns in our country recently, I never go to a place thinking that I need to look out for trouble. I need to watch my neighbor or fellow shopper because they may pull out a gun and begin shooting. None of us do that as a rule. Why? Because it couldn’t happen to us, We are not “them”. And so we do not see the urgency in taking action, changing, or even being activist. Something has got to give. KI and I know we need to do something. We do not know what yet, but we now know that we are “them.” Gun violence can happen to anyone, anywhere even at our own Columbia Mall, and we are not immune anymore.
I do not know when the Mall will open again, maybe tomorrow or maybe Tuesday. I still need to run that errand, and even with a stronger police presence, how will I feel going there? It will not be a mindless task anymore but a cautious and very aware trip that I will take to do an every day task.
Below are a few photos of Columbia. It is a beautiful town with natural beauty and a place I take photos of often.