I spent the better part of today in ignorant bliss, completely unaware of the tragedy that had unfolded not too far from where I live. It was not until I went outside to pick up my daughter from school that an acquaintance told me about the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Connecticut. I cannot possibly express the sadness that filled my heart at hearing about this and thinking about those little ones and the school staff that were killed by this.....whatever the hell you can call someone who can do such a thing.
I feel overwhelmed with grief for the senseless loss of life. I guess that much like everyone else out there I ask myself, why something like that can happen. How can anyone have the heart to do harm onto anyone, in particular little children? We will never know the answer. At least none that do not posses a heart that can be as dark as to contemplate committing a crime like that.
As I sit here writing I feel immensely fortunate that I am able to hug my little girl and tell her how much I love her. Perhaps it is as simple as that. Making sure that we tell those we love just how much we love them each and everyday. Life is such a frail thing and unfortunately most of us take it for granted. Maybe if there is something to take away from all the horror that happens in the world on a daily basis, it is that we all take too much for granted. There needs to be more love and respect for life in this world. I will start by taking a look inward to seek the love and strength I need and then proceed to spread that around to everyone I know because life is entirely too short.
To those parents who lost their children today, please know that you are not alone. People feel such tremendous love for you and we are all grieving with you. I wish I could give you back what you have lost today. I wish there was a way to make it all better again. The only thing I can do is to offer my shoulder to you if you need it. You are not alone.