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Gratitude Friday

Whoops. Friday kind of got away from me yesterday!

I woke up at my usual 5:00 am, and checked my computer. There was an IM message from my son Dan timed from 2 in the morning with the cryptic message "I was outside, but I'm OK." Okay, not something that strikes confidence in the heart of a mother whose first-born is 800 miles away. Oh good, here's an e-mail from Dan, saying that he and some friends were outside watching on the plaza outside their dorm, and ran back inside when tear gas was thrown. Huh?

I checked my news feed, and saw a story about how the protests around the G-20 Summit had spread to the University of Pittsburgh campus. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090925/ts_nm/us_g20_protests_6

Oh, lovely.

So, here's what I'm grateful for,

*My son is OK.
*He got a personal example of the sometimes troublesome intersection between our freedoms of speech and assembly; and the responsibilities of officials when protesters turn to destroying property and disrupting people's places of work and residences.
*Instant communication.
*The protests didn't turn violent; although I am alarmed by the stories of police throwing tear gas at groups of students who were not wearing masks and carrying signs, just congregating to observe.
* There were more protests on campus last night, and Dan stayed inside this time.


Comments (1)

How scary for you! So glad he is ok! AND that he let you know he is ok so you didn't have to worry.

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