In the wake of the shootings today in Newtown, Connecticut I find myself wanting to say something. do something. But I'm at a loss.
I have spent most of the day in tears, watching the news and waiting for perhaps a moment of hope in this horrific act. But honestly, I have yet to see it. No, I don't know anyone personally affected (that I know of) and don't anticipate that. Yet my heart ACHES for anyone involved.
I watched the President break down while trying to comfort a grieving nation. I've heard parent after parent declare their intentions to hold their children extra close tonight. I've seen seasoned news casters in shock and despair from yet another ridiculous tragic massacre.
I've been told that it is because I have a young child that I'm particularly affected by this. But I think all of humanity is affected. When the lives of innocent children and brave adults are taken senselessly, there is nothing to do but BE affected.
I heard someone today say that they were embarrassed to be a human being. And I understand that sentiment. Yet I know that from the greatest human tragedies come the greatest human triumphs. We will know more of that in the coming days and even years. So, no, I'm not embarrassed to be a human being. It is with great hope that I must look forward to a world where we feel safe and protected from violence and danger. And it will be human beings that make that happen.
Yes, I will hug my daughter extra tight and be more patient. I will pray for the victims and their families. I will pray for the country and anyone who feels fear.
I will pray that my daughter is able to grown up in world free from violence and evil. Because she and all of us deserve that. It is our right.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." --Mr. Rogers
For every act of hatred and cowardice that we cannot begin to comprehend; there are countless more acts of kindness, compassion and love. Love will always, always, triumph.