Back from Honolulu: It’s a Terrible Day

Plane from Honolulu gets in at 6:03 AM, have 8 AM class. Was late, of course. Greeted by irate Dean at door to classroom. Hey, hey, what else is going to happen today – – –

Gave students outline of plans for the coming week. After class dismissed, walked to Admin building to drop off class roster.

Hey, a man said, Did you hear? 22 dead at Virginia Tech.

I did not know this man from Adam. What a gimp, I thought.

Then, one of the staffers I knew turned and said, It’s true. And I noticed a little knot of people gathered in front of a computer terminal, everyone peering at the screen.

What, it’s true? I said.

Yes, the staffer said. It’s true.

Went home. Read e-mail from Dean, a reprimand for being “absent without leave.” Should have called in sick instead of rushing from airport like a madwoman. Neck aching tremendously. Watered backyard, nine buckets. Switched on TV. Amazingly, self had forgotten about the Virginia Tech news but now saw that instead of “Judge Alex” on KTVU, the president of Virginia Tech was speaking to a crowd of reporters, and the banner at the bottom of the screen said: 31 dead at Virginia Tech.

And I couldn’t, just couldn’t believe it, and I tried and tried to call son at Cal Poly, because he is the RA in charge of one of the freshman dorms and the news must be causing some consternation there, and I could not reach him.

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