July 10, 2016, Newtown, CT- In my subsequent posts, I will be doing a bit of time-reversal, focusing on stories of my journey, from last week. Today, though, I found myself in the predicament of having to put my Nissan in the shop, here in this town that is associated with tragedy. The engine was smoking, the radiator might have sprung a leak or two, and the coolant overflow tank definitely needs replacing. I will deal with these things. It may take two or three days, but I will handle it.
In the meantime, I will be in a hotel room, in nearby Bethel. This will give me plenty of time to read and write. I will reflect on the fact that, just three days ago, a mechanic at a Nissan dealership, in a town about 50 miles from here, replaced the front exhaust pipe, which he said was clogged, with no mention of a radiator problem, or an oil leak. I will converse with one of my closest friends, about whatever cash flow system can be set up, to streamline the payment part of this whole process. I will write about the things I’ve seen and people whose company I have enjoyed, up to this point. I will catch up on my reading.
All the while, I will reflect on the lives of the 26 people who paid the ultimate sacrifice, four years ago, this December. I might lose a car, and have to get another one, but it is a machine. Most of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary were just starting out in life. Being actually killed was the furthest thing from their minds. That is no longer the case, for many children and their loving adults- both familial and pedagogical. They look over their shoulders, literally and figuratively, every day.
Ironically, I was going to stop at Sandy Hook, and pay my respects, after gassing up at the Mobil station, in Newtown. The consensus, while I was waiting for the tow truck, was that Nissan wasn’t going anywhere. I, on the other hand, will go where this turn of events takes us; Me, the car or its replacement, and any who appear in the meantime.