Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Over the past few days I've been filled with a vast range of emotions- sadness, anger, and fear (the same as all of you, I'm sure) regarding the elementary school tragedy in Connecticut.
At first I wanted to write right away about what I was feeling but I couldn't get the tears to stop. It's because of my reactions like this that I normally never watch the news. I try my best to stay updated online with headlines here and there, but most of the times I find it way too sad. In the midst of doing my best process everything, I listened to President Obama's speech to the nation. Hearing him talk to us not only as our President but as a parent, reassured me that I wasn't the only one who felt like this was hitting close to home.
Kelle Hampton's blog did a beautiful job today of putting to words much of what I've been feeling as well as some of the ways we as a nation can begin the restoration.
I also wanted to share some excerpts from Obama's speech that he gave at a memorial service yesterday.....I have always been drawn to words of strength and hope and really admire the way this speech provides us with some reassurance for meaningful change to come.
"There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have - for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace - that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves, and binds us to something larger - we know that’s what matters. We know we’re always doing right when we’re taking care of them, when we’re teaching them well, when we’re showing acts of kindness. We don’t go wrong when we do that.