It's been a hard Christmas, y'all. A hard one. And it's not even Christmas yet.
That's how hard it's been.
I'm just in the weirdest place. There is so much good around me, but I just can't seem to shake all the Bad. And the Bad always just seems to swallow up the good. Swallow. Devour. Annihilate. Consume.
Even when I'm happy, the Bad just seems to linger nearby, waiting to pounce.
Yesterday, a terrible thing was happening during the end of the school day. A terrible thing that I blew off before I realized just how terrible it truly was. And it brought grief to my school, to my friends, to my former students. A young life, taken far too soon for all the wrong reasons. And the person who took it was smiling as he was led to the back of the police car.
I don't know why these things happen.
I don't know why the best we have to offer are so often taken too soon.
I don't know what is wrong with our world.
I just don't know.