I’ve had a hard time focusing since yesterday morning when I learned of the events at UVa. UVa has a special place in my heart. I attended UVa as a graduate student and there truly is no other place like it. I am also a huge fan of UVa sports. So I immediately recognized Lavel and D’Sean. While basketball has been and will always be my #1, there are very few football games that I’ve missed. In fact, I think we have a couple of games on the DVR from times when we couldn’t be home to watch the games live. I love my UVa sports teams.
I’ve struggled to write my thoughts about the events of Sunday night. The first thought I had upon hearing the news was worry about S, the daughter of one of my best teacher-friends. S is a junior at UVa and my first thought was of her safety. Thankfully, S was safe and sheltering in place in her dorm room and was able to communicate with her family. J, her mom, was able to head to Charlottesville Monday evening and see for herself that S was okay.
Every time I see Devin, Lavel, and D’Sean’s pictures, my heart hurts. I think of their families, their fellow players, their friends, and all of the other people who cared about them and the pain they’re experiencing.
I think of the two survivors and pray not only for their physical recovery, but for their emotional strength. I think of the other students on the charter bus and what they must have witnessed on Sunday night. I think of the rest of the players on the team and the coaches and staff. Devin, Lavel, and D’Sean were a part of their football family. I just want to surround them all with one giant hug.
There’s so much more that I’m feeling and my words simply are not adequate.