I don’t know if it’s the sign of the times, or the fact that my hubs was out of town, or the simple fact I suffer from anxiety. But while the boys and I were having dinner in the mall, all I could think about was:
“damn if a shooter came we are screwed!”
I had originally chose that spot to sit because it was close to where you empty your trays, but once I sat down I realized that was a horrible choice.
1. We were sitting by the door. There wouldn’t be any time to duck and hide.
2. If we could get down quick enough we where stuck behind a half wall.
3. I know this may sound harsh but we were sitting right behind the security guard.
4. There was only one way out.
After these thoughts I started having more anxiety. Watching every one coming and going. I realize this isn’t how one should live their life, and I don’t plan on it, but it did open my eyes. Just like we have a plan in case there is a fire/tornado, I should have a plan just in case some idiot decides to shoot up the mall. It sucks but it’s a reality.
A few of my homeschool friends have code words for their kids. And if they say a word the kids know to drop to the ground, and be quiet. To listen to their parents no arguments, so they can hopefully get out safely. I think I need to start doing this. And practice it while we are out, just like we would practice a fire drill.
I would like to think this could never happen where we live. But I’m sure that’s what many of the latest victims thought also. I can’t guarantee this will save our lives either. I don’t know what a shooter is thinking, but it just might.
What are your thoughts?