Yesterday started like any average day. I was finishing my last final, a 12-page paper about how fairy tales helps children discover their spirituality. Time was of the essence, and I needed return some rented textbooks and hopefully get cash for other texts. I left the house before 10 A.M., and I wasn’t prepared for what I would discover upon returning home.
After my errands, I logged onto Facebook, and was surprised to see page after page of “Friends” and brand businesses mentioning a school shooting. At first, I felt my blood turn cold, and I frantically searched for the location of the school. My mother works as a teacher at a private Catholic school, and whenever there is a school shooting, I always check to make sure it isn’t the school where she works.
Breathing a sigh of relief, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sadness. Events such as this shouldn’t happen. Twenty six people went to that school ready for an average day. Twenty children are dead, and they were probably counting down the days til Christmas. Children are innocents in today’s chaotic world, and to murder them in such a brutish manner is revolting. My heart goes out to the entire community, to the parents and family members, and those children whose lives will forever be changed by this event.
Today, hold your children close, and tell them how much you love them. Take a moment out of everyday to assure them of their importance in your life, and reaffirm your love for them. Everyone needs to know that they are loved, young or old. Make every day count and never regret the time you have with the ones you love.
Rest in peace, Sandy Hook Elementary school victims.