This morning I walked my daughter to school. I kissed her and said “Have a great day”. “I will”, she said. I stood at the gate and watched until she was safely in her classroom. Safely.
I had no idea what was going on at that very moment in Connecticut.
News reports are all over the place. Latest news is 26 dead. 18 Children shot execution style. Children who, like my daughter, were dropped off at school this morning and kissed by their parents before they skipped into their classrooms.
My heart aches. It’s taking every ounce of restraint in me to stop from going to school and picking up my kids, even though we live clear across the country.
In the coming days we will know everything there is to know. We will find out every horrific detail. We all will be asking, Why?
Horrific doesn’t even begin to describe the events in Connecticut this morning. Overwhelming grief and sorrow. But sadly we have all been through this before. Columbine, a movie theater, colleges, shopping centers. Over and over. The President has said we all need to take meaningful action. Already there are calls for more gun control, and on the other side of the fence I saw someone on twitter say teachers need to be armed. There are valid arguments for both. Even if guns were outlawed tomorrow, a determined individual would use a knife. That being said, it’s probably easier to stop a person with a knife then a gun. Then again, if everyone was armed, it would be easier to shoot someone with malicious intent before they shot 26 people.
While it’s important to try and prevent more of this in the future, right now our attention needs to on the families in Connecticut. We need to wrap our collective and virtual arms around that community. We need to cry along with them, and be there to wipe their tears. We need to offer our support even if it’s only thoughts and prayers and promises to be vigilant in trying to prevent this from ever happening to another community.
This is every parent’s worst nightmare, and all I can think of is there but for the grace of God go I.