A senseless crime happened in our neighbourhood yesterday. Again, V for Valour comes to my mind. Paul Dragan, the owner of Reckless Bike Stores, was shot by someone wanting to "get even" after a supposed injustice. Paul remains in hospital this morning in (I believe) stable but critical condition. Valour was shown by the police and medical people who came to his aid and by others who were nearby and did their best to help in whatever way they could. I yearn for the day when settling differences with violence will be in the past. That will be the only way to find some sort of victory in these sad stories. In the mean time, I thank those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, and extend my heartfelt wishes for a full recovery for Paul and for peace in the hearts of all who suffer.
Valuing every precious minute with loved ones seems more vital than ever in the wake of these stories. Below, a photo taken about an hour after the shooting shows people going about their day, many shocked and saddened.Though Bill and I live minutes away from where the shooting happened, we heard nothing. Our walk later in the afternoon showed continued investigations that we realized would take up the greater part of the day.
A window in this apartment building had been hit by a bullet.
This is a sidestreet that we walk or bike along daily.Black Jack knew nothing of the tragedy. She just wanted to say "hi" to some of the people around and when she saw CTV news anchor, Tamara Taggart, she walked right into her welcoming arms. I didn't take pictures, but Tamara helped her into the van..
where she and another television employee gave her belly and neck rubs. I was deeply touched.
Media people prepared equipment for interviews and news presentations.
A sign on the bike store window.
The rest of these photos were of things that made us smile or in some way caught our attention during that walk and during another one later in the evening.
There's a V here, but there's something else that caught our attention. Can you see it?
Here it is, a bit closer, and from a different angle.
I'm sure it has a story to tell..but since that will remain a mystery, we made one up. Perhaps you will find your own story about that shoe. All are good, as long as they make you smile :)
So gentle. So delicate.CBC news preparations.
John Daly (2nd from right), of Global news, is not only a reporter but a friend of Paul Dragan.
He prepares for an interview here. It was clear that he was deeply shaken.
I saw a heart in these beautiful blooms that seemed to have sprung up overnight.
We walked in the evening along the False Creek shore at low tide and I valued..
every second of beauty..
Each unique rock..
and even the redness of the dragon boat..
Bill made a little joke about this and we laughed and laughed.
Thank you, Bill, for sharing the good times and the sad times with me.
Black Jack made us laugh too.
I love them both.
The sunset was a gentle one..
with just the tiniest hints of rose and mauve.
A "V" shape brings back the thought of bravery. Even as i took the photo,
members of the police force were walking side by side, covering each patch of grass in their search for evidence.
We rounded the corner..
to our building, a neighbour to these much taller high-rises, each with 100's of stories..
locked within. We must be kind to each other. It is the only way. My sister sent a small email, her 5th or 6th of the day. She told me that she and her grandchild have been singing Willie Nelson's song together, "I'll take you everywhere I go."
The lyrics are: