I hope that you will forgive me if I depart briefly from our Hobbit movie and Richard Armitage love fest today to solemnly and respectfully recognize the horrific loss of young life today in Connecticut and the injuries suffered by children in China.
It is so sad and heartbreaking. Our children should be our most protected of everything we hold dear. We have to do better.
Families will be talking with their children tonight, trying to help them understand and reconcile these tragic events when the adults themselves can do neither.
These tragedies remind me of sitting with my 1st & 2nd Grade (6 – 7 year olds) Sunday School students in class the Sunday after 9/11. I didn’t have any answers for them. But my students needed to be able to ask questions and to have reassurance from me that they were safe–even though their parents had certainly already done that.
And maybe that is what we need, too, as adults. To know that we cleave to each other in these times of sorrow. That there is more goodness in the world–and we will find it again. And we can certainly be proactive with fostering goodness in ourselves and others as well.
So whether you pray or not, whether you believe or not, please take a moment to think of these killed and injured children and school staff and their families–in Connecticut and in China. And think also of the children and staff and families left behind with questions and fears. Then remember to hug your loved ones and to let them know that you love them.
And I love you my darlings. Hugs, Grati
P.S. Links to news about the tragedies for those who may not have heard about them are listed below.
But first, I give you a beautifully hopeful song in honor of those who lives were lost or shattered today. Because we need hope today. And one way of honoring their memory is to live our lives fully, purposefully, joyfully–and not take for granted this precious gift of life that is ours:
“Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole Somewhere Over The Rainbow Lyrics”, a video by Dren Tullari
President Obama’s heartfelt response to the shootings in Connecticut: