It's been a very long day, a terribly sad day. An incident on Monday where a soldier was killed surprised a lot of us and we had been told security levels had been raised from low to medium. Now today, a soldier was gunned down not a 10 minute walk away from work. My heart really goes out to the families, this is so tragic. Fellow Canadians killing Canadians is just a shock.
The office was on lock down all day, meaning no one could leave. This was the first time we've faced this kind of emergency so everyone had varying levels of stress. People reacted in very different ways:
- Some urged chocolate and comfort eating.
- Some were generous enough to pool healthy lunch items for those who had planned to go out to a restaurant so didn't have any food to eat. There is no cafeteria in the workplace only vending machines.
- Some used gentle humour to diffuse tension.
- A few were afraid and crying.
- A few were angry.
- And one colleague in particular spewed the most racist and hateful remarks I've ever heard, ever. From past experience, I know there is no reasoning with this woman. She's been previously warned about her inappropriate behaviour.
I just kept faith in the RCMP and local police and knowing that they were doing all they could to get the situation resolved.
A few nice things happened today:
- Most of us bonded together and helped one another through the long day.
- The weather was nice enough so that when we were finally allowed to leave, walking an extra 30 minutes to get to public transportation was an easy walk.
- A reward of a SweeTango apple (Honeycrisp hybrid) was all the indulgence I needed on a day like today
- Many loved ones and friends sent messages to ask if I was okay.
Off to take a bath and then to bed; it's been a long day. Take care out there folks.