Wednesday, October 3rd I drove the 5 miles across town to the newer Aldi’s on the West side of Florence, SC. It’s a better one than the one in our neighborhood as I live one block west of the area demarcated as ‘the other side of the tracks’ on the South side of town. I’ve long since given up taking casual walks around our neighborhood due to safety issues and drive to an area across town, not too far away from that same Aldi’s, to walk the Rail Trail when weather permits. All of that to say, most of my exercising occurs indoors at the YMCA a few blocks from our little rental home.
Around 4ish that same Wednesday afternoon, I wheeled my almost empty grocery cart to the only open check-out lane. I arrived third in line, standing behind two others, each with heaping shopping carts filled with groceries and cases of special Aldi’s offerings. After waiting about 10 minutes, watching the lone checker struggle with the bulk purchases of the first customer, I decided to return my 3 items and come back another day. That put it at 4:15 when I left the parking lot to return home, empty handed, around 4:30ish.
Meanwhile, about 3 miles further northwest of that same Aldi’s, in an upscale neighborhood, an ambush was taking place. 7 police officers were shot…making National News.
Saturday morning I exercised at the Y on the elliptical in my usual fashion. I was flanked on both sides by exercisers plugged into their music but watching the various TV screens before us. Scanning the offerings, I noticed a mid-morning update on the ‘Florence, SC police shootings’ on CBS. The report caught my eye with its recognizable photos of local places telecast on National TV.
It was surreal watching the closed captioned silent report and visuals while doing my workout at the FloTown YMCA.
Afterwards, almost instinctively, we three made brief eye-contact. Relaying the same message:
How can this be?
Neighborhood gunfire soundtrack:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NAS