Tuesday, January 18, 2011

relevant

yesterday i rode the elevator in my building with a police officer.  while this may not sound like an event, it felt like one.  being in a confined space with a loaded gun was a little more than unnerving.  it actually made me sick to my stomach.  i couldn't stop thinking about how exposed it was, like if the officer let his guard down someone could take it right out of it's holster... 

this morning while heading southbound on my way to work there were many officers on the subway.  another incident of confined spaces and weapons in two days...  then i realized they were on the train to attend the procession for sergeant ryan russell . . . the feeling of entrapment turned into condolence.   below is the composition of let it be that played during part of his funeral...i know it's cheesy but i really like it.  it was noted that he would have wanted people to let it be.  i thought this was a good version, it has a gospel sound...wait for it...



from the window of my office i was able to see the entire procession from dundas all the way down university and watch as it turned the corner on wellington.  we gathered around the windows and watched tens of thousands of people come together to mourn his life and show their love and support.  i have seen more officers today than i did over the whole course of the g20 summit back in june.  my boss and i stepped outside.  we were overwhelmed by the silence.  and the somber and grave looks on people's faces.  but what an amazing sight to see so many people peaceful, together . . .   it's not often that you see unity in such large numbers.  i couldn't help but think it would be nice if he knew how many people care about him today. in any event, his family does.

here are some pictures from today:





6 comments:

Alison said...

What a great post! You made me cry again. That version was beautiful.

Boswell said...

Hi Victoria!
You gotta check out these blogs of Georgia's & leave messgs she loves them..
http://geoshappythings.blogspot.com
and
http://adayinthelifeofboswellthedog.blogspot.com

mindvinyl said...

uh oh, phil is going to be mad!!
boswell, i really like your's and georgia's blogs!

robyn said...

whoah holy moly, that is a lot o' coppers. that's incredible. i know what you mean, it would be nice to think he could see how much love surrounded his death. those are great pics vic.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Blog! The support and love was overwhelming - touched my heart!

mindvinyl said...

thank you.