I honestly was not sure what photos I would post for today. I did not have any major plans for this day other than baking Christmas cookies for a fundraiser, catching up on laundry, and watching two different friends’ children on top of my own.
In light of today’s events in Newtown, Connecticut there aren’t any photos that can accurately capture the audacity of such an event.
As my husband took the kids out this morning, I sat at the computer working on various projects in the peace and quiet of my usually “noise filled” home. I saw e-mails from CNN popping up one after another in my inbox. I know enough now when something like that happens, an earth shattering event occurred.
My heart is breaking for the families in Connecticut. I imagine some of these moms have put Christmas presents under the trees for their little ones who will never open them. I can’t even fathom their grief right now.
In a world where gunmen burst into shopping malls and elementary schools and take innocent lives, there are no words. There are no pictures. My mind keeps reverting back to a young person on our news here in Oregon who was referring to the Clackamas Mall shooting–”How could anyone’s lives be so bad that they have to take away innocent lives?”
In a world where people are quick to point the finger, blame someone else, or fix this problem–there should not be any words. I am just as angry about the debates on gun control, justification for homeschooling, and prayer in public schools. On an evening when some parents will return to an empty house where there were precious child will be not be tucked into their warm bed but instead lay in a casket in a funeral rooms–let’s show some grief, mercy, grace, and empathy. Please lay your political opinions and educational preferences aside–this is not the time for it.