It's been 20 days since our town lost its innocence. Twenty days since a madman with a gun snuffed out the lives of four U.S. Marines and a Naval petty officer for reasons we may never completely understand. Twenty days since our last morning to wake up without grief and anger and uneasiness.
But most of us eventually will get past such feelings, that improvement likely to arrive little by little, day by day, week by week. We'll return to whatever our new normal will be now that the somewhat carefree old normal likely is gone for good.
Yet for the five families of the victims, their lives never will be the same. They lost husbands and fathers and sons and brothers and friends.