I’m afraid to hope that head-wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, updated yesterday to serious from critical in Tucson, Arizona, will be okay.

Like most hopes, I’m afraid because I am counting on it, needing her to be okay. In the week since the shooting spree that wounded her and 18 others, six fatally, she has become someone I care about deeply. I read that her husband Mark calls her Gabby. I want to call her Gabby.

Like most emotion, this is selfish. With each unassisted breath, with each sign her brain is working, I unclench. If she summons deep deep will and improves, if she defies the odds against her, if she can make it; then, I believe, I can heal.


About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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  1. GFitz1424 says:

    re: "Like most emotion, this is selfish"Maybe, but in that light, being human is a bit selfish too, I think. I used to feel guilty about selfishness before I realized it was a bit silly.Here's to Gabby's continued good health! Also, husband *Mark*, not Mike. Sincerely,Your name guy

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