We didn't think too much of it. But then again, I thought "Mike doesn't seem like the kind of guy to not text back for TWO entire days when he knows his Dad is worried."
Turns out, Evan's cousin WAS seeing Batman on opening day. In Aurora. At the same movie theatre.
Evan and his cousin Mike get along really swimmingly. We even had him over for dinner a few months ago and I can see why Evan always enjoys his company so much. He's a laid back guy, super kind, a brilliant artist, and just a really good person.
Mike scraped by though. He went to the 12:01 showing and not the 12:00 showing. So he was in the movie theatre RIGHT NEXT to where the shooting took place.
This story isn't over though. A bullet went THROUGH THE WALL and hit the arm of the man in front of him and some debris hit Mike's ear. In other words, his life was spared by a SMIDGE.
I told my Mom this story and she said "his EAR? That's an INCH away from his brain ... imagine."
And it made me think. WOW. That is absolutely crazy. My heart breaks for the people that lost their lives. For the family that lost their 6 year old in the shooting. And it really hit close to home when Evan's cousin nearly lost his life last week.
As I type this post, I look at my baby girl sweetly asleep on a blanket on the floor and realize HOW MUCH it would hurt to not have my family in my life. I am so fortunate that we're all safe and healthy. And I'm so sorry to those that lost their loved ones, because I can not imagine the pain, anger, etc. that I'd be feeling.
Every now and then, these things unfortunately happen where there are shootings and every time I promise myself to "stop and smell the roses" and spend quality time with those I love. But this time it just hit a little closer to home, and I promise, this weekend, it'll be us 4, watching the Olympics, and being thankful for what we have.
PS TOTALLY off topic, but in honor of my 150th sale in the etsy shop, I'm doing a 15% discount on anything until Sunday! Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a custom order (I do invitations, announcements, etc too!) or convo me on etsy letting me know what you want! THANKS! I've added some cute things lately ... take a look ...
This is a fun print for the kitchen! I think I'll also make one that says "drop it like it's hot" ... you know ... taking me back to my high school days! : )
I just think this will look so fun in any dorm room, office, or kids room. FUN, positive reinforcement.