For the past week here in Tucson, I have felt liked the walking wounded and unable to put my fingers on the keyboard, to make them dance in any kind of meaningful way. Fortunately, I was nowhere near where the gunman shot 20 people but I know the corner and like everyone else around me – I cannot believe this travesty happened here. Yet, I am not remotely surprised that it did.
Arizona has been in the news lately and none of it has been good.
If I had magical powers, I would wave my wand and be elsewhere – anywhere, but here, but I’m no bewitched.
Perhaps it was the inspirational memorial service where President Obama spoke so eloquently? Perhaps it was the mental picture of people jumping in rain puddles to honor the youngest victim who died? Perhaps it was how Tucsonans have had such an outpouring of community spirit and pulled together as one? Perhaps it was that I finally cried and cried, able to release the tension? Or perhaps because Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes and is making small steps of progress?
The mental fog is lifting.
I have wondered what Tucsonans are eating during this time of great stress. I have craved bread and butter or toast and peanut butter. Bread is a real comfort food for me. I rarely buy it and only eat it when I’m out. For once I want simple foods. Three nights in a row for dinner I had a peanut butter sandwich with a glass of red wine. Okay, make that two glasses of red wine.
Tucson (Arizona) has a new-ish stupid law where you are allowed to take guns into restaurants and bars. An establishment can opt out but they need to put up a sign saying, no firearms allowed. Are you one of those restaurants? Please let me know. I don’t want to patronize any restaurant where guns are allowed and I know I’m not alone in my thinking. Guns have no place in a restaurant.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “No Guns” in the subject. I’ll compile a list to share here.
The above photo was taken at a “Congress on the Corner” event about three years ago. My friend and I and her greyhound Buddy went to talk to Gabrielle Giffords about greyhound racing. (Photo courtesy of Diana Hansen). Giffords shared that she used to have a greyhound. As you can see, she was quite gracious. We’re rooting for you Gabby!