In Memoriam

Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

Dear Readers,

I live in a suburb, right outside the city limits of Minneapolis, a city I love. Mr. UT and I visit he city often, walking around the lakes, going out to eat, going to plays, and shows. In fact, I often say I am from Minneapolis.

As you all probably know by now, Mr. George Floyd was murdered by the police here. I was very angry and upset at this murder, and send my love to Mr. Floyd’s family. It has been a hard, hard time for this area, as well as for communities all over the United States, as we face racism, and police brutality.

Then there was the rioting and arson, on a street close by the memorial, a street we drive on, where local businesses were burned and looted to the extent they cannot reopen.

Mr. UT and I went to the street memorial for Mr. Floyd. We went in the morning, and all races of people were there, and the mood at that time was hushed, quiet. As we paid our respects, I couldn’t help but cry.

We must change now. Our governor is proposing some good legislation, and the Minneapolis City Council is going to redo the police department.

Of course, this all runs deeper than the just the police. I always knew about institutionalized racism, but I have been reading and learning more about this. Mr. UT and I have been talking about the ways we see or hear racism, and although we don’t in our immediate circle, we know it’s there.

I keep coming back to what I can and can’t control. I can vote for the people who want to change these systems for the better. I can have hard discussions with my friends, talking about racism. I can continue to make kits with Naloxone, a drug that saves people from dying of an overdose, which is so needed in many communities right now. I can listen.

My anxiety was sky high for a while. I keep walking outside because it helps me cope with my intense emotions.

I was thinking the other day, as I was walking and taking nature photos, how mother nature has made the earth with a gorgeous array of colors, shapes and forms, each one of them are equal in the big picture of the beauty of the earth.

Why can we not see that in human beings?

All Colors are Needed to Make this Beauty

With Sadness and Hope,

On Day 2107,

Wendy

23 thoughts on “In Memoriam

  1. All colors are needed to make beauty. So true in nature and our human race. It is a sad time. I didn’t realize how close you are to the epicenter of it all. I’ve been thinking about you, hoping you’re well. This must have had a profound effect on you and your husband. It’s affected us all, but I am able to turn off the screen or television when it gets to be too much. This was right in your home. I echo your feeling of what we can and can’t control. My hope is that healing and change hold hands and show us the way. Sending strength and hugs for you and your community. 💕

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  2. I agree with you, Wendy. This whole family of ours needs much honest talks, true listening, understanding, nurturing, and most importantly actions that will allow everyone to thrive, love, and be love❤️. We can learn much from nature as you say. Big hugs my friend🤗

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  3. I still find big emotions hard to process. I love your description of nature being made up of different shapes and colours etc but are all equal in the beauty of our planet. (I think you said it much better haha) xxx

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  4. Good morning Wendy! I was just thinking earlier this week that I’ve missed you on here! You have said it perfectly. I have had many conversations with my kids and I know that they will leave the nest being a positive impact on the world.
    I can’t imagine visiting the street memorial for Mr.Floyd. I know I would shed tears as well. Thank you for sharing the pictures!
    Sending a big hug to you!!!🥰

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  5. I have thought about you, Wendy, throughout this whole horrific tragedy. Keeping you close to my heart. I couldn’t even imagine what you were feeling. I’ve not been able to let go of the sadness and despair…… I’m not by any means suicidal, but I don’t want to live in this world the way it is. Focusing on what I can do each day to make a difference in someone’s…. anyone’s life however small, is what get’s me up in the morning. My heart goes out to you…. and everyone in Minneapolis.🙏

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. We’ve raised a lot of money to help rebuild some places. And many scholarships have been established in George Floyd’s name. Just hoping we can make meaningful changes.
      xo

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  6. I visited George Floyd’s memorial a few weeks ago when I was home. It knocked my socks off. There is power and silence and heaviness and …. I don’t even know …. in those quiet city streets. XO

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