Enjoying a peaceful evening, doing some light reading (Gone to Texas, The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales by Forrest Carter), when the cell rings. It is my youngest son letting me know one of my grandsons is in the hospital because of a horrible traffic accident.
Grandson appears to be in good condition but needed to stay overnight for observation.
Dugway is an isolated US Army installation West-southwest of Salt Lake City, and forty seven miles from the nearest town of any size. Nearly all of the five hundred or so residents are active duty Army or their dependents. You might say it is the ultimate in a gated community. Access is highly regulated. Civilian employees live off post with the nearest town thirty miles away. By nature and necessity, it is a very tight interconnected community; the ultimate small town.
Beyond concern for my grandson, his parents, and brothers and sisters, is the concern for the impact this will have on the community. What a ghastly situation. My son and daughter in law are strong people and will deal with whatever life hands them, but this will leave a mark.
Once again, I’m reminded one’s life can be altered in a heartbeat.
Please, I'm not trolling for sympathy. If you feel like it, please offer a prayer for all those hurt.