Behind Closed Doors

The house at the corner of Lyndale Park and Weston Road was decorated so beautifully, for every holiday.

Christmas, Halloween — whatever the occasion, it stood out as a place of celebration.

And because the house is located on such a well-traveled, main road — just a few yards from Merritt Parkway Exit 42 — every Westporter knew it.

Now we know it for another reason.

Thursday’s tragedy stunned Westporters. We grieved for a young girl, her life cut unspeakably short. We felt the anguish of her mother, who for unfathomable reasons believed there was only one way out of her pain. We despaired for other family members, who will forever be haunted by what happened that day.

We thought of friends and classmates of the mother and girls in that house. They suffer now too, as collateral damage.

1 Lyndale Park is off Weston Road, near Merritt Parkway northbound Exit 42.

We’ll continue to drive by the house on the corner of Lyndale Park and Weston Road. The police, yellow tape and TV crews will soon be gone.

Yet it will never be decorated for the holidays again. Now, we will know it for another, much more solemn reason.

Each time we pass, we should think about the people who lived there.

And we should remember that — no matter how beautiful the decorations may look, or how bright the lights shine — we never know what goes on behind closed doors.

On Lyndale Park, or anywhere else in town.

6 responses to “Behind Closed Doors

  1. Paloma Bima

    Beautifully written Dan. May they Rest In Peace and may their families find the strength to keep moving one day at a time.
    Thank you

  2. Laurie Crouse

    So true and beautifully stated, Dan. May we be ever sensitive to those we love and encounter through our days. May the family and all touched those touched by this tragic event find peace and healing.

  3. Priscilla A Long

    Thank you, Dan, for reminding us that all that glitters is not gold, and that we need to constantly support all people, as we never know their struggles.

  4. Karin Giannitti

    So very sad for such a place of happiness at least on the outside. Just keep your loved ones in your heart and give lots of hugs.

  5. Jalna Jaeger

    A few weeks ago a man in Norwalk murdered his wife and then killed himself,
    His wife was one of our beloved librarians.
    It is just horrifying the tragedy that has happened in Westport. It is so awful.
    I always enjoyed that house’s decorations. I grieve for a 7 year old child. It is beyond comprehension.

  6. I drove by the house for the first time today .. No sign of any police tape etc .. The park bench is full of flowers , notes , pics etc .. The location has a very eerie feeling now … Tear it Down and make a beautiful memorial park in their names …