I walked into work in a surprisingly good mood despite the fact that I didn’t get much sleep last night. I was in complete ‘Friday mode’ and I started catching up on e-mails when I heard my colleagues begin discussing the deadly shooting at the US army base.
As I had just read about it on my way to work this morning, I was aware that “Major Nidal Malik Hasan had opened fire on fellow soldiers at the Ford Hood military base in Texas, killing 13 and injuring 30 officers”.
Indeed it was shocking and sad news but what infuriated me even more was that in the midst of this discussion one of my colleagues suddenly burst out and said “Of course he would do that, his last name is Hasan”.
I sat there in the middle of sipping my Diet. Dr. Pepper and just froze as I saw all eyes come towards me to see my reaction.
My early morning ‘friday mode’ bubble burst in a flash … as I sat there in complete shock & numbness.