News reports are coming out about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut. As I type, there are 27 believed dead, and 10 of those are believed to be children. I know it is half a country away, but what I want to do right now is go get my child and duct tape him to my back. Then, anyone would literally have to come through me to get to him.
My heart goes out to the families of all involved in this tragedy. My heart goes out to the students, the teachers, and the staff. To the law enforcement agents who will have to deal with the scene and aftermath. To the personnel who will be working with those little bodies. To the community at large.
Columbine was horrific. This is an elementary school, so the tragedy seems heightened.
No matter how appealing it sounds to me right now, I won’t cut holes in a duffle bag and wear Thor like a backpack for the rest of his childhood because you can neither understand, nor prepare for crazy. All you can do is squeeze the best out of every day, tell your kids EVERY DAY how much you love them, how proud of them you are, and how privileged you are to know them, and back it up with your actions. Then, no matter what happens to whom, their little hearts are sure and solid.
There is a peace that passes understanding, and I pray that for everyone involved.