Thursday, August 2, 2007

A Sad Day In Minnesota

It was a sad day in Minnesota as we all woke up to more stories and pictures of the horrible bridge disaster that occurred in Minneapolis last evening. Today we have heard many of the stories of people whose lives were saved by only seconds and also of those whose beloved family member will never come home again. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the people affected by this tragedy and also to the brave rescue workers who put their lives on the line to help the victims any way they can. I'm gratified to hear all the stories of "regular" people who also risked their own lives to help others get out of their vehicles and off the bridge.

Since I'm currently on a blood donation "quarantine" I'm not able to help in that capacity, so instead I made a monetary donation to the Twin Cities American Red Cross Chapter.

As in the days after the 9/11 disaster, we are again reminded to never take for granted the things that are important in our lives--especially family, loved ones, and friends. You never know when when something might happen that will change your life forever.

I am grateful for my devoted Spousal Unit and pets, for my parents who love me in spite of the fact that I am sometimes a ranting bitch, and for the fact that I wake up healthy every day in a free country and in the wonderful state of Minnesota, where people still truly care about one another.

I hope you all will take an extra moment to tell your special person that you love them and give them an extra hug. Take a few moments to count your blessings and enjoy the beauty around you every day.


Body Soul Spirit said...

The images on TV were too horrible to imagine. You are so right. Each day is a gift and we should live each day like it could be our last. (easier said than done!)

KGMom said...

A very sad day indeed. It must be especially hard for families who still don't know the fate of their loved ones.
I wish we didn't need such tragic events to remind us to say the words we should to our loved ones.

Larry said...

We were all shocked to hear about this.-We all talked about it at work today-very sad.-I think of the terror that those poor people were feeling as they went down in the collapse.

Jayne said...

Indeed Ruthie, indeed. I too wondered about all those people just going about their lives and being thrust into the abyss like this. So very sad...

Martie said...

Thanks for reminding us of how much we have to be grateful for. Shame on whoever decided it wasn't worth fixing that bridge when it was reported to be in decaying condition. I can't imagine trying to live with that on my conscience.

RuthieJ said...

Hello all, Thank you for caring. I hope we can continue to live each day as the gift it is.

A shocking thing I heard on a news update today: This bridge was not the worst one in Minnesota, just happened to be the most heavily used (over 140,000 vehicles went across it each day!)
I hope we'll soon be seeing nationwide repairs to avert another tragedy--even 1 person dead in such an accident is too many.