We managed to weather the traveling storm and have arrived back in GA, safe and sound. Remarkably, we were able to make our connecting flight in DC, despite having only 30 minutes between flights. We literally got off one plane just to get right back on another. The kids behaved beautifully and all in all, it was a good visit.
Unfortunately, I was awakened this morning to the news that Sean Taylor passed away last night. Obviously, I never knew the guy and have no personal connection to him, but he being a Redskin and me being a Redskins fan, I was shocked and saddened. It's stupid to feel that his death is any more senseless than the hundreds of homicides that take place daily in this country, but he's a part of Redskins nation, and I'm a part of Redskins nation, and sometimes, that's all it takes. My heart goes out to his family, his fiancee and his daughter who never had the chance to get to know her dad. My heart also goes out to Coach Gibbs and the rest of the team, who have the unenviable task of preparing for a football game on Sunday. At this point, whether or not the team makes it to the playoffs doesn't matter at all, in fact, I hope they don't, if only to allow them to finish their season early so that they have time to grieve properly and move on.
My kids and I always wear our jerseys on Sunday, and this Sunday won't be any different for them, but for me, I'll be thinking of #21 and how the team won't be the same without him. Godspeed, Sean. Rest in peace.