As we weighed the merits of various phones, I got a text from Meg. Gabby Giffords had been shot and CNN was reporting that she was dead. I told my mom and sister, a wave of texts slowly spreading the news in the store and across Tucson.
January 8 was now one of those days people in Tucson will always remember. One of those days you remember where you were when you heard the news.
Unbelievably, Gabby didn't die that day.
She continues to battle back, her strength and courage a true inspiration. If you saw her interview on TV recently, you know she still has a long way to go. I'm not sure she'll be able to return to office, and that will be a huge loss for Tucson. Of course, there are more important things.
I admired Gabrielle Giffords before January 8, 2011. I admire her even more now.