While tragedy astonishes, it does not routinely interrupt the rhythm of life
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — I can’t stop thinking about the mudslide in Oso, Wash. Although my brother lives nearby in Arlington it isn’t the proximity that makes this news event linger. What sticks are the stories woven into the main news account of the slide — ordinary people doing ordinary activities on a Saturday morning about 10:45 a.m.
The stories include a young woman working on her first house, getting ready to move in; a workman installing cable TV at a home; a young woman and her fiancé visiting grandparents; a motorist traveling on Highway 530 at the time of the slide.
Most likely people of all ages were in the path of the natural disaster, which was described as the equivalent of 3 million dump truck loads of earth tumbling into the rural town …