A friend of mine was telling me that she stayed up all night watching the news coverage of the Las Vegas massacre. She wanted to stop watching, but she couldn’t. She woke up in the morning emotionally and physically exhausted and while she was on her way to work she heard the news that Tom Petty had died. She said she pulled her car over the side of the road and just broke down and sobbed. She felt so numb and helpless; it was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
I think we are all so overwhelmed by all of the terrible news lately. Hurricanes. Domestic terrorism. Hate crimes. Even the looming threat of North Korea threatening to drop hydrogen bombs.
It was Tom Petty’s own prophetic lyrics that came to mind as she told me her story:
Go ahead and give it to me
Breakdown honey take me through the night
Breakdown now I'm standing here can't you see
Breakdown, it's alright
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have suffered and are suffering from Harvey, Irma, Maria and Las Vegas.
As for Mr. Petty of the Heartbreakers, hearts were broken at the news of your passing. May you rest in peace.