Sunday, December 16, 2012

What matters


My heart has been heavy ever since the recent school shooting. The moment the words splashed across the computer screen I was in shock, then came the anger and the tears. I just can not wrap my head around the desire to harm another person much less harm an innocent child. The night it happened I stayed up very late  praying for the families affected. My heart just broke thinking of the mother's with empty arms that night, the father who will never get to see that child grow, the grandparents robbed of a grandchild, the sibling missing their brother or sister, the children without a parent and every one else that was missing someone.
The next morning facebook, my email and forums were just flooded with information, pictures, prayers and  arguments over this.  I knew people would use it to push their political agenda,  push their ideals and others would just want to argue but I was floored at some of the comments. The rudeness, complete lack of tack and empathy. I just wanted to scream, to remind people that lives were lost and this was not the time nor the place for this. I just do not understand why people do this when tragedy strikes. I have heard every argument in the book about why people think it is okay but I strongly disagree with people when it comes to this, no matter what side of the argument they are one. This was a time for morning, for reflecting and for prayers. This was a time for sorrow, for remembrance and for the rest of humanity to band together in an effort to do something to help.
Twenty babies are no longer with their families, six adults were robbed of their lives.  These are the things we should be reflecting on. Hold your babies a little tighter, kiss your spouse a little more, love your family with everything you have. You are blessed to have them and we should never forget those things.

May they rest in peace and never be forgotten. 
Adults:

  • Rachel Davino, 29
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52
  • Lauren Russeau, 20
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Soto, 27

Children:

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison N. Wyatt, 6

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