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.

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