Why am I in SL?
I came to SL to escape. In February 2007 my brother was hit by a driver under the influence. My brother was riding a bicycle at 6.30am. He was a health nut. Now he is a paraplegic. He spent all last year in hospital. I have watched my family struggle on so many levels and SL has been the place for me to step aside, be swept away in a drama that in the whole scheme of things, is of little consequence compared to what really matters to me.
I dont mean to diminish the life I have in SL. It means I have shared the lives of many wonderful people, many also hurt while able to put aside the hurt in my own life, at least temporarily.
The effect I have most been shaken by has been on my parents. This being a public space, I am not about to expose their unhappiness but it has been without parallel the worst time in all our lives.
Following the accident, Mum and Dad had to move to Sydney to be with my brother. A big issue we had to deal with was their pup Wally.
Wally is a complete idiot, pain in the butt, stupid dog. But they love that dog and did not figure it was fair to leave him behind while they moved. So as our small contribution to reduce the collateral damage, we took Wally for a couple of months rather than let mum and dad give him away to a new home. After he destroyed everything in our yard in a puppy frenzy of chewing, we let my sister have a turn.
..... the dog is a nong.
But when you know that he was so well loved that we put up with him, then imagine the devastation of today's news.
It seems some farmer has found Wally wandering with my nieces pup and has shot the pair.
After all we have gone through. I just don't have anything else coherent to say.....