Today I watched all of the parents on my street load their tiny tots either into their own cars for personal delivery or onto to a school bus to ride with their peers. They were heading to school for yet another day of learning.
But watching closely, it was clear that today wasn’t exactly like every other day. The parents were more attentive, more engaged, and hugged their kids just a little closer before letting them go.
In the face of such an unspeakable tragedy as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, some parents will be tempted to cling to their children and hope to protect them from such horrors. Some parents will talk with their children and educate them about the incident, hoping that knowledge about such matters will help them be safe in a not-so-safe world. Already some people have decided to use this awful loss as a way to build a better soapbox for their political causes, and for that reason alone the “news” has been littered with controversy that does nothing to ease the pain of those living with the reality of this disturbed young man and his actions.
Monday Morning Perspective
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. “ -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometimes there are no words to describe such senseless acts of violence. I ask you to join me in offering thoughts and prayers for the families of the little children and brave faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary and for the community that will mourn their loss.
If there were one thing to be learned from this incident, I would encourage you to hug your family and friends just a little tighter this holiday season. Tomorrow isn’t promised, but we CAN make the most of today.
Peace is an extension of knowledge and understanding- and we can all do our part. Doing that little something extra for the person you can tell needs it isn’t just an action for the aftermath of a tragedy or the holiday season- It’s an everyday kind of job.
Don’t be afraid to make a difference.
Have a wonderful week!
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