September 3, 2018: Labor Day Heartbreak

Today brought heartbreaking news locally and around the world.

In Brazil, a devastating fire destroyed the National Museum. Countless artifacts documenting Brazil’s history, as well as other countries’ precious gifts, are now in ruins. I didn’t want to believe it when I first came across the story this morning online, but when I turned on the television and saw the museum in flames, I felt waves of sadness. So much work, so much history, gone. I mourn the loss of another piece of history and cultural value, and pray that this wasn’t the work of hurtful individuals.

I also mourn the loss of those killed in local soil. There were three reported shootings in Paterson over the weekend. I say ‘reported’ because this type of violence happens regularly in this area, yet rarely receive any media attention. Since I grew up in Paterson, and still have family living there to this day, I’m aware of the rough conditions firsthand. My family is at a crossroads when it comes to living in Paterson: some want to leave, return to Puerto Rico, where my line originated. Others want to stay, live life in the moment, since ‘violence happens everywhere’. While this fact is indeed true, there’s a child to be concerned about, who will soon start school life, and navigate the neighborhood with new friends. I pray that Ana will stay protected, and keep away from negative influences during daily life.

Sources:

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/passaic/paterson/2018/09/03/double-homicide-paterson-leaves-two-other-people-injured/1184469002/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/firefighters-battle-massive-blaze-esteemed-rio-museum-n905901

September 2, 2018: Ana Growing Up

In a couple days, my niece Ana begins Preschool. It’s unbelievable how quickly this stage of her life is arriving! It feels like yesterday that she was a newborn, and I held her tiny body in my arms. The beginning of her life wasn’t an easy one, but she was born into a family filled with love for her.

Ana will have her cousins in school with her, which is a positive thing. They’re twin girls, only a couple months younger than she is. I think having her cousins in school with her will certainly make her days in school smoother. She doesn’t seem overly stressed about going to school, but that could change on Tuesday, when her mom drops her off for the first time! I only hope that she will have fun experiences with her new teachers and friends.

Evening Thoughts: September 4

  • Labor Day Weekend 2017 was good overall. Spent the 1st two days with friends and family, and Labor Day with just Andy. Really fun day outdoors.
  • I’m always amazed at how stunning Pennsylvania looks. Since moving to Hunterdon County NJ last year, I’ve seen many scenic parts of PA, and enjoyed them all.
  • So thrilled to watch my niece grow and change with each visit. She’s becoming such a little diva!
  • Tomorrow brings new challenges, and new opportunities. Hoping for promising outcomes!

    –Cathleen