My father, my sister, sweet pea and I visited Raissa at PGH last Saturday. We brought her white roses and an inspirational book entitled "Blessing in Disguise." Earlier last Thursday, Sweet Pea and I also visited Rainer our friend who was also one of the victims. We also planned of visiting JoKat but we were informed that she was not yet in a stable condition.
I really admire Raissa's spirit - her condition is not easy. As you must have known, both of her legs had to be amputated because of that senseless bombing that happened while they were cheering for the barristers on the last day of the bar exams. We did not stay long. When we got there, it was almost past visiting hours. We knew that it had been a long day for her and that she also needed time to rest. She appreciated our visit and bid our farewells. As we left her room, I silently prayed that may Raissa, Ram, JoKat and all of the victims of this malevolent senseless incident get the justice they deserve.
It will probably take a long time before I can get over the trauma of that bombing incident. Although I wasn't there at the site, I know a lot of the victims and could have been victims of that tragic day. For this, I vowed not to participate in any school activity that involves crowds forever. I think I should get counseling on this. Times like these, I also get reminded that there is really more to life than what meets the eye. Life is too short -- there's so much we can appreciate in life - every bit of it, no matter what, no matter how hard it gets.
*pic from raissa's tweeter.