Wednesday, December 12, 2012

About Us - My City.

This didn't just happen to my city, or my mailing address... it happened to my memories, where I store all the moments that made Myself become Me when I was a teenager to an adult.  This is MY mall.



And... I just don't understand it.  My guess is that I'm simply not capable of doing so.  This is a real place.  A place where I have taken my children to sit on Santa's lap, thrown penny's in the fountain to make endless wishes, sit for family photo's in the one hour studio and buy furniture for my families home... let alone all the other thousands of times I've entered this commercial, safe haven.  How can someone just walk in, with evil in there hearts, their minds, and dismember my memory of this place??...  Distort it into something scary and not the place I used to roam innocently with my BFF in middle school to meet cute boys, while stopping off at the hottest sweeties store to pick up treats???...  Where, I took my oldest to pick out his first Lava Lamp and to buy my Autistic son, his special shoes when no one else sold his size???... they can't.  HE can't.

Cuss Him!  This Man will not break my safety or belief in what.. { I } feel is real.  And these moments were/ and are more real to me, then his hate!  Please, please pray for the families who lost  their loved ones this holiday season, my city, and "US" all... that we will never let Hate break us!!!  and we will never REMEMBER  that man's name.

17 comments:

  1. My heart goes out to yu and your community. I urge you to write to your federal representatives about the need for gun control. I feel strongly that if we had strickter gun control laws, there would be fewer of these violent events.

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    1. Violent people, will always find a way to be violent. Evil is evil, with or without a gun. I think as a community, we should invest in better social programs for unsettled individuals... but, I thank you for wanting to keep us safe!! <3

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  2. Just awful Heather. I send love to you and your community. Do not let this destroy those memories and I hope your community can find the stength in themselves to support the town and it's shops despite this horror.
    My city centre was bombed in 1996 while I was working there (at 16). i was evacuated and it was just an awful experience. Thankfully no one died but it took a long time for me to feel safe enough to go there again.

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    1. Thank you!! and I agree, I'll be looking over my shoulders for awhile I'm sure... and wondering if my children are safe when I let them go places without me...

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  3. Were you there?
    Yes, it is a horrible thing. Already I feel the need to hold my children tighter to me. As my husband said last night, it would be so much easier if we knew "why" but even if we did, it doesn't change the fact that it takes just one person to shatter a whole community's sense of well being.

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    1. no... thankfully!!! but, how easy could it have been for any of us to be??!! this is where i shop, when i'm not online! us Portlanders are a very stout bunch, but this is bound to question one's safety for awhile...

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  4. I was driving home from work at 4pm yesterday and drive right past it every day. I go there quite often myself. I grew up going to Clackamas Town Center, I can not believe a man would want to take someone's life before taking their own. I am praying for those families he shattered yesterday and wish I could be a fly on the wall when he meets his maker. It was a tragic thing that happened.

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  5. We had a similar tragedy happen at "my" mall a few years back... so sad and disheartening.
    Praying for your community. It's so very sad...

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  6. It wasn't "my mall", but it is not far from where I grew up. I was completely and utterly shocked with I stared seeing FB status's yesterday about it. I am so thankful that it wasn't any worse and I won't remember his name either because this doesn't make him worth remembering.

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  7. I have a lot of friends who live near there, and it's just awful! :(
    So sad!

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  8. I couldn't believe this when I saw it on the news the other night! In Oregon!? I guess it doesn't seem to matter where anymore, it can happen anywhere these days. There was a "rumor" the other day that a kid brought a gun to the high school here, and everyone is on heightened alert. It's no fun living in fear!

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  9. I'm from Idaho and my husband's company had an office located near Nordstrom's Rack and we've shopped at this mall several times. Just so, so senseless. And how ironic that I'm reading your post the day after the CT shootings. An elementary school should have no fear from intruders. All this does make a heavy heart for our nation.

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  10. Heather...I feel your pain. Almost 2 years ago I was at the Chandler, AZ mall when there was a shooting event. It was not the same type, and no one was killed (thank God). The shooting occurred outside between a felon and US Marshall's then they all ran into the mall. I was eating lunch with my sister and facing large outside window walls. I saw these men in regular clothing with the biggest guns I have ever seen. All kinds of thing flash through your mind. We decided to get out of the area, turned around and were surrounded by people with young children. We each went to tables and quietly alerted people to leave. At that time a crowd of people came running at us towards those windows and doors and the guys with the huge guns...there was a shooting at the other end of the mall and those guys (US Marshall's in plain clothing)were directing people out...we, my sis and I, ended up holding the doors open for those women and young children to get out. These events forever change our lives. I cannot imagine being there when people are getting hurt or killed. But...we went back to that mall several weeks later and had a nice time. We won't let some creep ruin our lives...but we are very watchful and I don't really trust anyone, and while I don't carry a gun, I am always looking for alternate things to use for self defense (Macy's has an awesome supply of items in the kitchen dept!). We also learned what we are made of and who we are...we are strong women who did the right thing at a difficult time. I hope your city is well and full of brave people...blessings to all! Sue.

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