We live close enough to Puget Sound so that there is some kind of economic screen, between the kinds of crime and problems that show up on police records in the newspaper that usually happen on the other side of town.
This morning, as we made our usual leisurely walk before breakfast to the outlook in Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, I noticed the grafitti — anti-gay, sexually explicit — and a broken living room window in the house at the top of our street on 20th.
So far, I am some what stunned. It is disturbing and unsettling
I wanted to do something, not jut walk by it. Although I have met her one, and would recognize her, I don’t know the name of the woman who lives there, (She is at least 93). It seemed the least I could do was to call the Shoreline Police to report it. I did. And, unless the people in the house call and report it, the police will do nothing. So I called another neighbor,..the kind of guy who knows everybody, inlcuding the police, to see what he could do. He will do something, That much I know.
I am still listening to this event…not yet knowing what to make of it. In part, I am very interested to see if other people find out about this and if we as a community do anything to respond to a hate crime right here where we live.
Mostly, this event may ask questions that will lead us into some kind of meaningful action.
May whatever is amiss in the life of the person who did that, be some how transformed!