Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hokie at Heart

I still can't wrap my head around the tragedy at Virginia Tech. I keep thinking of that peaceful campus nestled in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia. I see the distinctive Hokie Stone buildings, rolling hills, blossoming dogwoods, co-eds flashing Chicago maroon and burnt orange. A madman on the loose is not part of that scene.

I attended VT my first year of school before transferring to Winthrop. Even though I left, I am a Hokie at heart. I lived half an hour from Blacksburg and spent many track meets during high school and college on that campus. I lived in the dorm next to West AJ (and would visit friends there frequently), I walked by Norris Hall everyday on my way to McBryde for class. It was 10 years ago, but I remember the crisp evening air like it was last night. That campus was so safe. I had a night class that I always felt safe walking to and from in the dark. Seeing the familiar sites on the news has ripped at my heart.

I can't even begin to imagine how the students are feeling. I know how sad I am, and know that the students must have a million times more grief. My prayers have been going out to the families of those that were killed and to the entire Hokie community. I know that Virginia Tech will heal, the campus will feel safe once again. April 16th will never be forgotten, and neither will those lives that were lost.


Third Mom said...

Thank you so much for remembering Virginia Tech. I'm so, so sad that you memories of this beautiful place must now include this horrific event.

I think Nikki Giovanni said is best:

We will prevail.

You and everyone close to Tech is in my heart and prayers.

Mommavia said...

Nikki Giovanni did have some amazing things to say. I think her poem at the convocation is really going to get people through.