Saturday, December 22, 2012

Take a deep breath...

It's been a tough week. Last week saw the horrific school shooting in Newtown [and on the same day in China, a knife attack wounded 22 children (story)]. As a nation, we were shocked and grieved. Monday, we sent our children back to school (many of us feeling insecure about it), then here on Wednesday one of our middle schools was on lockdown while Police searched for an armed intruder on campus. That same afternoon a tragic accident occurred just a half mile from my home. Two teens were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. One died. The other was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Both were friends of my daughter, one was a close friend.

It's particularly poignant because this isn't the first friend my daughter has lost. Last year saw three suicides and one accidental death within the student body at her school. One of the suicides was a very close friend of hers. It was horrible watching her hurt, bewildered, and angry. It was difficult to move through the experience.

My kids have been the recipients of a few extra hugs this week. I worry more, sleep less, while fighting a feeling of impotence. You all know that I don't speak politically - here, on facebook, or anywhere else. But I make a single exception here, right now, and then I'll say nothing more.

Though we are enraged by the depraved acts of twisted minds, and we grieve the violence and loss of innocence (and innocents), using these events to force new laws and restrictions on the American People will not restore control or life, and is a cruel method of the media to sway the public against specific political parties or their members. Where there is evil intent, a path to action will be found. Whether the weapon is a gun, a knife, or a barrel of fertilizer, violence finds victims. We do not live in a Utopian society, and the idea that we can legislate ourselves into one, is a fool's notion.

Now, I'm taking a deep breath and moving on to other things - life continues, despite sadness and loss.

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