Sitting in the recliner aka second skin reading when they broke into local news last night and said that a man who has had a long standing disagreement with the City Council in Kirkwood killed a police officer outside of City Hall who was walking over to Imo's Pizza to pick up supper for him and his fellow officers on duty, then walked into the City Hall council chambers and killed another policeman, 3 council members and shot the mayor and a newspaper reported before police were able to kill the gunman. The mayor is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
You might have heard of Kirkville, MO in the past couple of years as another officer was slain in 2005 and Imo's Pizza was the employer of Michael Devlin, the guy who kidnapped and sexually traumatized a boy 4 years ago and kidnapped another one a year ago from his bus stop and when they found the second child 5 days later, the first child was there as well and they recovered both boys.
Kirkville is about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis. I was there as a child but not since I've moved back. It's one of those towns like Cheers where everyone knows your name. I felt so bad for the local TV stations covering this story last night because many of them lived in Kirkville and they were reporting the deaths of not only leaders in their community but their close friends and it was hard to keep the emotions together to do objective reporting.
Keep Kirkwood in your thoughts and prayers please.
It's one thing to hear about things on the news but one never thinks it will happen in their town. The people of Kirkwood have pulled together with prayer vigils, memorials and the like. Everyone is taking care of everyone else in need and police from all over are coming to Kirkwood as early as last night to pay their condolences and help any way they can.
Also while you're thinking good thoughts or praying, please keep Fenway Twomey in your prayers. She's in a lot of pain right now with her neck and her family would appreciate the thoughts. Fenway is the dachsie-child of Hallie at Wonderful World of Wieners.
Today finds me not working and after I catch up with my blog friends, I'm going to work on the quilt. I got all the butterflies bonded and cut out yesterday so they can be appliqued on. I will have another installment of the quilt on here on Sunday.
Michael is coming up tonight for the weekend. He knows it's been a rough week for Mom and I need to connect and spoil my son. He graduates THREE months from tomorrow and is commissioned the next day. Where has the time gone? He got info in the mail yesterday about ordering grad invites, save the date cards, cap and gown, etc. and we're celebrating this occasion in a big way because we can!!! Honestly, I didn't think I would be around for it and we were told that due to his learning disability he was not college bound material at all. And...it looks like he will be graduating WITH HONORS! So Mom will have a field day ordering grad stuff this weekend.
I want each and every one of you to know how much you mean to me and please do something for yourselves this weekend...retail therapy, a walk, a movie, a book, coffee with a friend. I used to never take time out to do that kind of stuff for me because I didn't think I had the time or was worth the effort.
Look in your mirror and say it LOUD and say it PROUD, "I am SO worth doing something nice for me!"
And I'm gonna expect reports on Monday what you did for you.
But you knew that.
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