Posted 12-20-2012 at 12:08 PM by Krista
Of course, by now everyone has heard about the shooting that took place in an elementary school in Connecticut on Friday. When I heard, I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. It is awful news no matter who you are, but as a mother–as a mother, the pain is so unique. The horror comes just a little closer to home. I have a four year old, a little girl who is almost in kindergarten. This story touched my heart, and at the same time I have empathy for each and every mother that sends their child to school now with the terror of the unknown pulling at her heart.
How do you come out of something like this? What is your recovery strategy? The world is such a terrifying, cruel place, created by the people who are in it. It’s hard to know who to trust. On the one hand, you don’t want to teach your kids to hide from life out of the sheer terror of what could happen. At the same time, what do you teach your five or six year old child? How do you prepare them for the possibility of death when their thoughts should center around hot cocoa and wishing for snow?
This shooting has been declared the second deadliest in the United States. It is stunning, and if it touches a mom who is nowhere near the shooting–as I am sure it grieved all of you–then I cannot imagine the pain the families are feeling. It is my prayer that we can all seek healing for our own hearts and especially for the families affected by this tremendous loss.
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