I don't know if I have mentioned it before in previous posts but I have a view of a small city park from my office. The park is all concrete (a true city park) that has a playground, as well as open area. Every morning and periodically throughout the day I will look out the window and watch the activities. In the AM, there are usually adults out there practicing Tai Chi or practicing waltzing. In the afternoon, there are a lot of kids playing on the playground equipment. Since I started working at the end of April, I have viewed this park as my little respite from the day to day grind. I enjoy watching the folks interact and take advantage of the park. That is until today. Mind you, nothing bad happened at the park and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as usual. But today was a little different, at least for me. I took my little break and looked out at the activity and saw a man practicing (for a lack of a better description) with his sword. This wasn't a fencing sword but a "Pirates of the Caribbean" sword. He was thrusting and jabbing in the air and whatever else they do while fencing. Again, I must repeat, he did nothing bad. The thing is, after reading the story about the man on the bus who stab and beheaded his seat mate out of the blue, I couldn't help but be a little wary about the man with the sword. It changed my feelings about the park and the perceived innocence of the daily ongoing events. I kept thinking, "what if this man flips out?". I am a little upset with myself for letting my mind go down that path. But how does a person not, given all the crazy things that are going on in this world? I hope that I can get back to that place that allows me to enjoy my park respite again.
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