It's not always easy to come up with a weekly topic for this column. Usually, I mentally bat around a few ideas based upon current events or personal observations before sitting down to write. This week, however, I'm coming up short.
I could talk about the horrific killing of James Foley and the media's questionable practice of posting certain should-not-be-seen photographs on the internet, or perhaps comment on the distasteful practice of employing social media like Facebook to make political statements. I could offer my personal opinion of the ALS ice bucket challenge now sweeping the nation or of the frivolous red carpet events surrounding the upcoming 2014 Emmy awards. Maybe I should adopt a lighthearted approach and report on my four year old chihuahua's shockingly uncharacteristic “deposit” on my bedroom floor, or review one of the many humorous viral videos we all enjoy. I could whine about the humongous SUV blocking my view in the parking lot today or complain about the oblivious woman who crowded the grocery aisle with her shopping cart and several screaming kids. I don't feel like talking about any of those things, nor do I feel very lighthearted. Truth be told, I'm rather sad and don't have the energy or desire to say much of anything.
You may ask why.
Because that's what sadness does. It silences your voice for a while as you shrink back to reassess and restrengthen. The impetus for this temporary withdrawal is the sudden and tragic passing of a lovely 21-year-old young woman this past weekend at Wall Stadium Speedway. She was bright, bubbly, friendly, with an admirable zest for life. To say she will be greatly missed by family and friends is an understatement. Tomorrow, I will join those who loved her as she is laid to rest; I was blessed to have known her.
So forgive me if I have nothing worth saying to Atlantic Highland Herald readers this week. I simply have no words. But I do ask believers among you to pray that grace be given to this young woman's family as they go forward here without her.
Farewell, dear Amanda.
[Editor's note: Amanda Gambacorto of the Belford section of Middletown died in a tragic accident last week at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday, August 16, 2014]