As I was falling asleep last night, I remembered that the next day was Monday, my self-proclaimed Arrow blog day. I had been troubled over the weekend by the lack of empathy I was seeing for the situation in Puerto Rico and the players who were choosing to kneel during the National Anthem. I was discouraged that congress let key programs like CHIP (healthcare for kids) run out. But, then, I thought about Family Weekend and how maybe I could keep it light. I had used the transition to college as the example for the U and W shaped models of culture and re-entry shock in my SC215: Intercultural Communication class the week before, maybe I could explore how parents coming to the new place you call home fits into that. I wondered if I should share that sometimes as I leave Academic for the day, a breeze will carry the scent from the dinners being prepared in the campus cafeterias and it makes me feel the pang of homesickness I so often felt during my years in Towers South when I smelled something that was NOT my mom or my grandma's cooking awaiting me. I contemplated discussing how becoming involved on campus eventually made those lonely, homesick moments fleeting.
Then I woke up and read about the shooting in Las Vegas. The same arguments that happen after every mass shooting began to play out on Facebook. And, how sad is it that there have been enough "worst mass shooting in American history" since the advent of social media that the arguments are tired and the practice routine? I was grateful for Facebook's feature to check on the safety of family and friends who live in that area. I tried to focus on the good...holding babies in the NICU, advising, laughing as I played a Kahoot to review two chapters with my SC105 class and making my husband a ridiculous birthday dessert . But, I didn't come up with anything else to say to you. I don't have any wisdom. I just know we have to keep trying. We have to be the change we want to see. I have to believe love wins. And that we always want to be on the side of empathy.