I usually don’t like to post about social issues, but when a crisis is happening in your backyard it’s impossible to ignore it and go on with your life. So I thought I would check in today as I have had some people asking about what’s going on and making sure we are okay. Thank you for your concern😊
Things in Baltimore really are crazy and scary. I can’t believe the timing of all of this as I had just moved out of the city two weeks ago. If we were still living in our old apartment, we would have probably left for the week to stay somewhere else.
But the timing worked out and we are living in the suburbs. However, just because we are not physically in the areas of violence doesn’t mean we aren’t affected. Both Rob and I have offices right in the middle of downtown Baltimore and I work in a Baltimore City School. The kids and families I work with live in the affected neighborhoods and I drive through those streets all the time.
When I left work on Monday afternoon I had no idea what was about to happen. Some of the rioting and looting had just begun and it took me an hour and a half to get home because of all the road closures. We watched the news on Monday night in completed shock, seeing that many buildings throughout the city were on fire. On Tuesday my school was closed but Rob and I went into work until the early afternoon. Seeing armed guards lined up along the street kind of gave me the chills. Buildings that we were used to seeing along our drive had been burned down, some already boarded up.
As I am writing this on Tuesday night, the violence has stopped for now but who knows what the night and the rest of the week will bring. Today we saw a change from negative to positive actions. The community members came together and were out cleaning up and beginning the long process of recovering from Monday night’s events. When school reopens, the students and families will need more support than ever. Losing our sense of security is a very scary feeling, and I think it will be a long time before the people of Baltimore feel safe again.