We wept inside, grieving the Orlando victims, and grateful for community.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Rainbows and candles: Hope amidst horror
I heard about the vigil on my way home from Seattle on Sunday - 7:00 pm in Sylvester Park, the closest thing we have to a town square in Olympia.
I arrived mid-way through, just as the sun was casting it's glow to the treetops. Like Melanie Reim, I felt a little intrusive, standing with my sketchbook. We listened solemnly as speakers vented. I sensed we were all processing the horror of the day's events in Orlando.
Emotions ran high across the gamut - anger, blame fear, empathy, love... Rainbow flags furled and unfurled with the light breeze.
Candles flickered, but persisted. A minister sang a song, "How could anyone ever tell you, you are anything less than beautiful..."