December 2, 2015, Chino Valley- I was involved in overseeing a series of lessons, holiday song practice and the making of decorations for our classroom. Then, there was the pilfering of a math test master copy, which did the thief no good, as I simply switched to Format B, for tomorrow’s assessment.
Then came news of the latest horror, the killing of 14 people in San Bernardino. I have been through the Inland Empire many times, most recently visiting nearby Riverside, whose downtown I find quite enjoyable. I have only driven through the edges of San Bernardino, and my feelings for the place have been mainly vicarious compassion and concern. I was worried during the serial arsons of 1980-1, when it appeared someone was dedicated to taking out as much of the city as possible. During the Big Bear hostage-taking and murders, a few years back, I felt an ominous twinge, that the shooter might bust out of the resort town, and engage in further mayhem, down the mountain.
Today’s events, unfortunately, come as no surprise. “Berdoo”, as some have called it, has always presented itself to me as a city on edge. The shopkeepers and wait staff in area restaurants have seemed to be of shorter tempers than in other parts of the I.E., and certainly other parts of California. The city has its charms, and it would be a fine thing if those were accented.
Now, however, we see another dark day, shaking the calm that had started to set in, a few days after the carnage in Colorado Springs. I always feel we need, as a nation and as a species, to close ranks around the suffering, and most definitely in both of the most recent episodes. No city, no community, should have to hang its head in shame, and no place ought to feel abandoned by its neighbours, or by the rest of humanity.
As the answers come forward, regarding the reasons behind this latest attack, let us tell San Bernardino: “It’s going to be alright. America is with you, and the nation will not forget this day- anymore than we would forget the terrible anniversary coming up: Sandy Hook.”