There are no words to explain the heartbreaking events wreaking havoc on the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. I'm unable to wrap my head around what happened.
Of course, I was lucky on Friday—I was able to hug my kids after school and count my blessings as I thought about their happy, innocent and unscarred childhood.
As a parent of an elementary school student in Perry Hall, I keep asking myself, "What is wrong with people?" and "How does a person's life become so dysfunctional that he not only turns on his family, but kills innocent children, while traumatizing so many others?"
How things like this happen, I don't think any of us will ever understand.
Sadly, when the Perry Hall High School student shooting happened a few months ago, I was shocked that it could happen here, in our small safe community. While unbelievable that it occurred within walking distance of my house, I could somehow understand how bullying or the emotional issues of a high schooler could elicit violence. No one wants violence at any school or community, but who could have imagined such tragedy at an elementary school?
We parents put our children on the bus every morning and we wait at the same location at the end of the day, somehow knowing we'll be reunited.
But today, while I waited for my son's bus, I cried.
I imagined the mothers who wouldn't be standing at the bus stop waiting for their young child to come home.
I sobbed at the pictures of the stricken community in Connecticut. And I feel heartbreak that we are truly never safe—in our churches, schools, malls, movie theatres—tragedy could happen anytime, anywhere.
As the President Obama said, "They had their entire lives ahead of them." The loss of life is just too much to bear, because the majority of lives lost were such young children.
Parenting is overwhelming at times and anyone can get wrapped up in the challenges that parenthood brings, but what if it were over?
We much cherish every moment.
As Perry Hall parents react to the tragedy, that sadly hits us too close to home, we can only hope to move forward with a less violent, more open society that doesn't have to resort to violence to solve problems.
There are no words to comfort the victims' families and there may never be answers as to why this happened. But I think I speak for everyone when we send our thoughts and prayers to all the families in Newtown. I wish them peace at this very difficult time.
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