Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Still Numb

I woke up this morning feeling like a blank slate. I honestly didn't know which end was up and then the news quite vividly reminded me of the senseless events that had happened the day before. Some of the major events of my life took place in Blacksburg and on the Tech campus. King Thing proposed to me on the marble slab on War Memorial Chapel. Thing 1 was conceived and born in the Burg. We met our very best friends in the entire world there. I got my first job there. The Things attend summer camp there. We're proud members of the "Hokie Nation" and strut orange and maroon every chance we can get. And while I refuse to let this tragic event "define" VA Tech, Blacksburg and Hokies, there's a lot of healing ahead. Thanks for all of your virtual hugs and sentiments. I know that these families need lots of prayers now and for a long time moving forward.


I turned last night to the only thing that comforts me in the face of adversity - My knitting. Oddly enough, I started making some Hokie Trinity log cabin triangles a couple of months ago with the thought of eventually making a Hokie blanket out of them in time for football season.



They've called to me from the UFO basket and want to be a memorial blanket. I'm going to make 32 of them, one for each of the victims. And while in my heart of hearts, I want to make a blanket for each of the families who lost someone to this tragedy (and realistically know that there are not enough hours in the day to do so without some help), I can at least remember them in the only way that I know how. Damn I wish this numbness would go away.

6 comments:

Robin said...

I know exactly the numb feeling you are experiencing...my heart goes out to each and every person affected by this tragedy!

Delia said...

I know what you are going through. 4 students were killed on my campus while I was a student there. It was the most surreal thing I have ever experienced.

My condolences.

KnitNana said...

Tanya, I think it's a lovely idea to make a memorial blanket!
I'm numb, too. While I don't have the kind of history you have with VT, I got my Masters degree there, and as I watched the events unfold, I kept remembering walking those lawns, staring up at the gray walls...
It's all too insane to digest properly, you know?
(((hugs)))

dmr0110@aol.com said...

I left a message on your blog about helping this great cause of knitting memorial blankets......

dmr0110@aol.com

Gina said...

We have all lost our innocence. Imagine what the people of Iraq feel each and everyday. Imagine our shooting happening to them every single day. They have lost over 280 students and professors in the past year!

Bonnie said...

I am sending a big cyber hug to you and your family. Perhaps the blanket will help you heal.