Today is a sad day for America. People everywhere are heartbroken to learn of yet ANOTHER horrific tragedy, 20 children and 6 adults killed in an elementary school mass shooting.
Just wanted to share a few interesting/insightful/heartfelt comments I read on FB this weekend....
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."
-- Mister (Fred) Rogers
"What a horrible tragedy...precious little lives and courageous extraordinary teachers. To honor all the victims, we MUST turn off the tv and quit giving these psychopaths reason to top one another. Watching every news clip will not bring back the victims. Start by teaching your children that life is hard and sometimes you may feel down and depressed. Lean on the ones you love. Do not turn to violence to solve problems."
--Molly Gruszka Kerckhoff
"I always re-tuck the kids in before I go to bed. Tonight I kissed their foreheads a little longer and listened to their sweet, sleeping breaths. Heavy heart thinking about the CT families unable to do the same tonight."
I am physically ill when I think about what happened in Connecticut. I had hoped that when I woke up this morning, I would realize it was just a terrible dream. I've seen my 4 and 6 year olds play with their friends at school, at dance class, and at soccer. They don't understand the concept of danger or mortality. Children this age are not only defenseless to this type of attack, but would not even recognize the threat even while it is happening. I can't find the words to express how truly terrible I feel when I think about what happened. The only thing that hurts more is the realization that there isn't a simple solution to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. This is so painful.
Tonight as I put my sweet babies clothes in the wash and clean up their messes I'm so grateful. As a family with other family friends and our community, we went out and walked/ran a race tonight for the food bank. The spirit was so beautiful. We were a community coming together and in light of this tragedy, we were extra specially together. For them. For us. And for the greater good of our world. We come together and can make things happen. Together. Sending peace and love to Sandy Hook and to us all ♥
--Mimi Kemp Ziegler
I'm stunned. Fighting the urge to just go get my kids and not let go right now. And Bob Costas got SLAMMED for saying this on national TV less than 2 weeks ago: "Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it..."
(on talking to kids about the tragedy)...
"I got some advice from Amy that I used. Our kids did not know anything either and I too was concerned about the conversations that might occur at school. I told them that there was a terrible event that happened in a school in connecticut and that people might be talking about it tomorrow. I didn't even say what it was but let them know if they have questions about what they hear, to talk to us or any adult at school if they have to. I avoided telling them not to worry that they are safe because I am not sure it occurs to them they might NOT be safe and didn't want to put it in their heads. They accepted the news and said they were okay. Girls may have a little more depth though, or at least children who are not mine...."
(--comment on Diane Bartoli's status update)