I moved to the D.C. in the spring of 2001, and watched the Pentagon burn a few months later. I thought those would be the worst days I would see in the city, but last week jolted me with how wrong I was.
I’ve lived in the city – actual, inside the District line, D.C. – for almost 20 years. I am still processing the traumatic events that occurred in the city I chose as my adult home.
My running routes regularly take me down the Mall around the Capitol. Daily errands by bike do the same. As you might imagine, my routine is a bit upended right now.
I struggle to comprehend this brutal attack on the federal government. Regular readers know I am a civil servant. I believe strongly in the good that government can do.
It has been a challenging time here – everywhere, I know. Like many I’m apprehensive about the week ahead. How do we get through to the other side?
I recognize how important it is for the mind to disconnect from current events, but it sure is difficult when the current events are unfolding down your street.
One of my goals for this year was to write more regularly on the blog. We’ll see if I make it happen. As I may have mentioned here, I also started graduate school so who can say?
In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos of the last couple of weeks. I’ve still been going out for runs, and my friend C and I still make time for our city walks. These are such meaningful parts of my day.
I hope everyone is taking care of themselves. There is beauty in every day, sometimes we have to look extra hard to see it.