Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

To all of you who celebrate the Christmas holiday, here are some special poems to acknowledge this happy day for you and yours this festive season.

Wishing you all love, peace, joy, happiness and good health.

A Merry Christmas
Filled with love, joy, happiness
Time with family

The trees are all lit
With many a presents wrapped
Smiles all around

Happy Holidays
Time with family and friends
Opening presents

Good meals and gifts too
Singing songs, eating cookies
Santa's arrival

Happy Holidays to all!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Parent's Worst Nightmare: Tragedy in Connecticut

On December 14 many of us hugged our children harder that we ever had, and likely more times than our children would allow, and with great emotion thankful to have them in our presence for just another day.

Why?

Because an unthinkable act of violence on young children and adults was taken, where words are incredibly difficult to express its magnitude and keeping our kids close was what was most important.

Many of us feel numb.  Many of us feel hatred. Many of us are heart broken for the families forever impacted by the tragedy that hit Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT where a gunman opened fire killing the principal, school psychologist, teachers, and 20 young children, mostly kindergarten age.

I write with tears and a heavy heart, in a fog, trying to understand how something like this could happen.  But, we know that we cannot take back the lives of innocents from this massacre but only to help and wish peace for those directly impacted by this terror to pick-up the pieces of what is there life now.

We will never forget the lives lost and this unthinkable crime in a location that is supposed to be a safe haven for children and their teachers.    

There were also hero's during this terror, and you will not go unnoticed. As a parent of young child, I thank you for your bravery and for pulling those children into corners and blockaded bathrooms to keep them safe and out of harms way. We are all forever grateful for your actions to protect.

Not much more can be said...just prayers for families and tears of sadness thinking of all those lives lost.

It's unthinkable
for someone to take these lives
Grief, terror, remain

Wishing peace to parents
Who lost the light in their life
Sorry for your loss

Sandy Hook, lives lost
Many of us heartbroken
How to move past this

Many tears shed for
lives lost at Sandy Hook school
Grief, loss and trauma

Hugging children tight
Thanking G-d for their presence
Life's most precious gift

Hero's were there too
Protecting kids from harms way
Thanks for your actions

Nothing we can do can bring these children and adults back from the horror of what was experienced at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I wish peace to all the parents and families impacted by this terribly tragic turn of events. 

What has been learned from this unspeakable crime against innocents is that it's imperative that stronger gun laws are enforced while establishing tighter security at our nation's schools is a must.

And, to the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, may you rot in hell for what you have done to our nation, to innocent children and adults, and most specifically to the parents whose hearts will ache forever for the precious like you took away from them, and the pain that will remain for an eternity.

Happy Hanukkah

Lit menorah at Philadelphia airport
It has been a crazy couple of weeks with work and travel and I forgot to send a special holiday post out to you and yours around the Hanukkah holiday season. While traveling recently a smile was brought to my face when I saw at my home airport a lit menorah as a centerpiece.

My apologies. Since tonight is the last night of the holiday, I feel I have some reprieve.

First, I wanted you to know that it means a great deal to me that you have been on this journey with me for Mommy's Point of View, and appreciate your candor, feedback and perspectives, and continued support.

Therefore, today I want to share with you some Haiku to commemorate this celebratory time of year, a reminder of our freedom, and what has been done for us in yesteryear.

Happy Chanukah
Thanks Macabees for freedom
Tzedakah, help others

Eight days and eight nights
The candles flicker and glow
Spinning the dreidel

Happy Hanukkah
Time with friends and family
Festival of lights

Menorah, candles
Holiday of lights goes on
Illuminating

Potato latkes
Applesauce or sour cream
and chocolate gelt

Smiles all around
Watching kids open presents
Wrapping paper strewn

Hugging children tight
Thanking G-d for their presence
Life's most precious gift

Happy Chanukah to you and yours!!!


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