I apologize for being missing in action over the past several days. My creativity and motivation to move forward also has been missing in action. I cannot relate the depth of heartbreak I feel over what had transpired on Friday Morning. A school shooting. An elementary school. 26 victims, 20 of them between 6 and 7 years old. How can we go on? How can we as a community move on?
I had the chance to grow up in a small Connecticut town about forty minutes away from Newtown and my peers and our parents never once questioned our safety at school. On Friday, this massacre changed that forever. My mother, still living and working in Westport, Connecticut, reported, “Everyone is stressed now. I’m scared.” How could she not be when even school isn’t safe for young children?
While I agree with the president that something must be done to prevent these occurrences, right now is not the time to discuss them. This is a time for remembrance and prayer, and knowing that we are not alone in our grief. It is times like these that we need to support each other. Despite our diverging beliefs, our political differences, our stubborn views, it is time to cast those aside and hold on to each other for dear life. Because it is life that has been taken away and it is life that will leave us changed and it is life that we must cherish and use to become something more than ourselves. Be larger than life. If not for ourselves, then for the 20 children whose lives were taken far too early.
I pray that we will all be good to each other as we mourn and reflect and endeavor to move forward together.