The Foreign Service Journal, May 2018

12 MAY 2018 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL until you force yourself—as I did—into thinking through the physical act of kill- ing the shooter with your bare hands. 9. You may see your child again in some angelic scenario. I have seen my beloved daughter Bessie twice. The first time was the day after her funeral: she was dressed in a flowing heavenly gown, comforting people at her grave. Another time she was in a surrealistic image done by a young Croatian painter who captured her as a child, suspended in space, with an uncertain smile on her lips and a tear in her eye. 10. There is something beyond our comprehension of an earthly existence, and angels are clearly a part of it. Wiser people than I have long suggested that “over there” or “on the other side” are places that are always there—if only we can be open to them. Thomas R. Hutson FSO, retired Omaha, Nebraska Share Your Views The Journal welcomes your letters to the editor. Letters should be less than 550 words, and must include your name, connection to the Foreign Service (FSO, FSS, FS retiree, FS family member), and city or post of current residence. The Journal reserves the right to edit letters for space and clarity. n Share your thoughts about this month’s issue. Submit letters to the editor: