Be Happy, but Be Vigilant

@MeeMawBellefleu Caroline Bellefleur
Turn on @CNN y’all. POTUS don’t go on TV late Sunday night.
18 minutes ago

That was at 9:35pm my time. Something about MeeMaw’s tweet rang true. I immediately picked up the remote and turned from the trash tv I was watching to my favorite cable news outlet. At first they were just talking about when they expected President Obama to cut in and begin his announcement but then they started speculating.

One of the things they came up with, something that would be big enough to break on a Sunday night instead of first thing on Monday morning was the death of Osama Bin Laden. Minutes later one of their senior producers reported that he had confirmed it with multiple sources. Osama Bin Laden had been killed a week ago, they were waiting for DNA results to confirm it before they reported it.

The tears were falling by the time the words Bin Laden is dead.

In another life I was a 3rd grade teacher. Everyone remembers where they were for certain events be them Space Shuttle explosions, Presidential Assassinations or whatnot, well for me, 9-11 is one of those days. We were in a training session at school, cloistered in a room when a kindergarten teacher came in and said that we were under attack. We turned on ABC news in the empty classroom and watched as Peter Jennings started reporting. We saw the second plane hit before it clicked with the producers and on air talent that it happened. Immediately all plans for working on lessons and teaching projects were gone. All of us had the same thought, get back to our kids.

Some well-meaning teacher had turned on the tv in her room wanting to keep abreast of the news but our babies heard it too. The hardest thing I ever had to do was explain to those little faces that sometimes hate corrupts someone so much that they don’t care who they hurt, they want someone to feel as awful as they do.

I guess that is why I feel guilty for the twisted form of joy that fills me. I shouldn’t be happy that someone was killed, I was raised that vengeance isn’t ours to dole out but I’m only human and I’ll have to ask for forgiveness for that later. I don’t think for a minute that this man’s death makes us any more safe or eases the sorrow of the loss of anyone’s loved one, but I know in my heart that there are these young people somewhere that finally feel this monster that has haunted them since they were third graders is finally dead.

Still on the other hand you know that Bin Laden is now a martyr to so many. Without a doubt anyone who was once his enemy will now have to brace for retaliation from his followers.

We’ve been through so much already, mother nature has been enough of a bitch to us lately so the important thing is to be prepared. It is strange that preparing for a natural disaster and a terrorist attack has many of the same components. Don’t let your gas tank go below ½ full, keep cash on hand in case you can’t get to the bank, food/water for at least 3 days, keep all your papers/documents in a safe place and have your prescriptions near by. Don’t let the death of the public face of our enemy lull us into a false sense of security. Our world changed on 9-11 and there is no going back.

Bin Laden may be dead, but we aren’t safer.  We need to remain vigilant.

For other suggestions or to buy a pre-made kit visit:

http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/

http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/supplykit.shtm

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About TXMoonbaby

Farmgirl, caregiver, furmommy and try-to-be-writer who floods Twitter with the antics of the characters in my head, like @TammyJo__.

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