It's very difficult to sit and write about a book, today. I want to write about how good it was, and interesting, and how much I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. But I find my thoughts turn this weekend to Newtown, Connecticut. I mourn the loss of so many young lives, and adults, in the shootings on Friday. I want to talk about it here, for I feel it is a grief we all feel in some way, and I do not want it to pass in silence here. It is too important.
They were so beautiful, each of those children, and it is
overwhelming that so many were killed. It's overwhelming that even one
was killed this way. It is terrible.
I am so sad for the teachers, and the principal and the psychologist,
and the mother, and most of all for the young children. We are
supposed to be caretakers of our children. In some way even the gunman
was failed as a child, by the education system, by the health system,
though I do not understand why that failure led him to do what he did.
We have had to talk about it with our children this weekend, as my son went online at school on Friday afternoon and saw one of the news headlines while using the search index. They are both affected by it, as they knew that children had been killed, and at school. We have had to discuss it as honestly as we can, and the most disturbing has been how anxious my son is about how no one could stop the gunman. He is age 8, just a year older than some of the children who died. We live far away from Connecticut, and yet this shows how small our world has become, that truly what happens in one place, affects the whole world.
When I go to put my children on the school bus tomorrow, it will be with the knowledge that elementary school isn't the safe place it was on Friday morning. When they have their next lock down practice, it will be with the knowledge of what happened on Friday in the back of their minds now. For those children in Newtown who were at that school that day, they will have to find so much courage now, more than they knew they had, to go back.
We have to find some way to make our schools safe again, every where in the world, for our children.