I got up really, really, really early this morning. Yes, I know I was going back to work today - but still it was ridiculously early. It was probably 1 1/2 hours before-my-alarm-clock-went-off early. Which, of course, means I went to bed ridiculously early too. And that definitely means I'll be going to sleep far too early again tonight - setting off a vicious cycle; but anyway....
As I was waiting for the coffee to brew, I began to check my phone for the tweets I might have missed while sleeping.
And to what did my sleep-addled brain read?
Osama bin Laden was dead.
Can I tell you that brought me semi-awake faster than coffee ever could? At first, I thought it was some kind of joke or rumor or something. Because seriously, how much information can be conveyed in a tweet? And I wasn't even really awake yet (come on, people it was 4:00 am!!!).
As I was settling in with my coffee and turning on the computer to check a couple of blogs - Hubby came down (also ridiculously early) and said (even though after 20 years you'd think he'd KNOW not to talk to me in the morning), "Did you hear?? Osama bin Laden is dead!" And proceeded to give me the details that he knew.
As he was speaking, I quickly clicked over to CNN - because really? They are right up there with Google in the Knowing Everything department. It WAS true. He is gone.
I don't think the reality of it all has quite sunk in yet (14 hours later). After ten long years - vindication. Justice has been served - finally.
I don't believe in exulting because another human is gone but I truly believe this man was evil. This man alone was responsible for the deaths of thousands; many of whom were his "followers." People who believed in him and the evil that he spouted. Scores and scores of people dead - because of him. Scores and scores of people taught to hate because of him.
And now he's gone.
It would be naive to think that with his death there is a chance that peace could reign. I am sure that there is another waiting in the wings to take up his hatred and carry it on.
But for the moment? I can hope.
And to all the military men and women (and their families) - thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you sacrifice for your nations. What you do matters and today was proof of that.
I know that I usually shy away from the serious stuff here but I had to say this and all frivolity will return tomorrow. Maybe....you never know.