On Friday night my daughter performed her dance recital. It was in a shopping mall and it was very poorly planned. All of the parents and attendees were on edge because of the school shooting earlier in the day. For whatever reason, two adult women decided to get in a fight right there next to the kids. Some adults rushed the dance area (on the floor as there was no stage) to snatch up their kids and run for the exits, scared of what would happen if this escalated. Some adults rushed the dance area because they wanted to see a fight. The empty area around the dancers shrunk in space and I am super proud of my little girl for flipping a switch and paying attention to dancing, rather than the buffoonery going on around her.
After her dance, though, she noticed the adults looming over her and got scared and that's when I sent in my wife to get her so we could leave (I was watching my son).
Friday's completely senseless act of violence has shaken us to the core and I understand the we're all on edge and clinging to our kids more. The idea of presents going unopened - that visualization - breaks my heart. Flags are flying at half-staff worldwide and we're all mourning the loss of these people and sympathizing with the survivors and surviving relatives. This holiday season has been robbed of cheer and tarnished beyond belief.
So if we ever needed a helpful dose of happiness, helpfulness, and good will toward our fellow man, that time is now.
We here at the Fifth Fret want to wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. Try to smile a little more, appreciate a little more, and love the ones you're with, whoever they may be.
Pappy & the Fifth Fret Team