I will try to make this short and sweet tonight. I already published my blog article for the day, but after listening to the news unfold all day and reading on CNN, Facebook and other Social Networks, I am literally and emotionally drained feeling I needed to get my two cents out. All the details don’t seem to be fleshed out quite yet. Even the suspect has been changed and now retracted. One thing is for sure to me. That only a true monster would open fire and kill little kids a mere five years old. I can’t even and truly have no words.
I cried today and can’t seem to feel anything but sadness for these poor parents that have lost their children and never get to see their smiling faces or wrap their loving arms around these little kids.
I have a three year old that just started pre-school this past fall and she loves it, but never in my wildest imagination thought that I would have to worry that when I leave my child at her classroom door that I may not ever be able to pick her up or lay my eyes on her again.
This is just so wrong on so many different levels. I put my kids down for a nap as a usual Friday occurrence around here as the details were emerging. Listening for two hours, I was so emotional and kept checking on them. When they woke up, I hugged them just a bit tighter than usual, but just couldn’t help myself. I have not been able to stop looking at them and my heart is a bit heavier for all those who can’t do just that.Hug Them Tight and Never Let Go–Editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel on the Connecticut school shooting: “The tragedy at an elementary school in Connecticut affects all of us.”
I don’t even want to think of the political ramifications here about the right to bear arms or not to bear arms. I am just a parent with little kids who feel devastated for some other parents with children around the same age as my own tonight, who will not be able to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Christmas in 11 short days. I just want to say plain and simple to them, “I am so sorry.” I cannot even imagination the depth of their pain right now nor would I even pretend.
For those, with young children like myself, who did not go through this ordeal either, I will leave you with one last thought and that is hug your children a little tighter tonight. I am sure I didn’t have to tell you to do this, but still I know I will be doing this with my own tonight.
As a side note, I belong to a wonderful Facebook group with the most hardworking, awesome bloggers I have had the privilege of working alongside. One of our own, Amy, from Adorable Chaos, lost a dear friend’s little boy to this tragic and senseless nightmare.
We have come together to collect money for this family who is now dealing with a terrible and insurmountable loss. If you would take a look at my sidebar widget, you will note a Paypal Donate Button. If you could find it in your heart to give a few dollars to help, we would be ever so appreciative. With the proceeds, we will be purchasing a star, as well as delivering a check to help relieve some of the burden of the funeral costs, as well. Now more than ever our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to this family and all the families in Newtown CT.
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Now is not the time for soap box statement about gun control. Now is simply a time to pray for the angels lost and to love our own. Well said Janine!
I totally agree Bill. My heart is truly hurting for these folks tonight and just wanted to say that I am sorry (plain and simple).
Stacy Harris says
I will definitely be hugging my children a little tighter tonight. I know I was away when all of this went down… I just feel sick to my stomach…. 🙁
Stacy it is just horrible and senseless. Shutting down for a bit to have dinner with my kids and husband. Just thankful I can do that.
Emily Cappo says
Janine, as soon as I heard about these events, all I wanted to do was run to the elementary school where my son was and hug him. I almost did too, but stopped myself because I knew he'd wonder why I came to school early. I can't wrap my mind around any of this and keep crying about it. Thank you for posting your thoughts…I hope to post mine soon, but I can't seem to form a coherent thought right now.
Emily, I finally got the words together here, but still so in shock for all those people and can't even imagine. I think I am just a bit numb right now for lack of a better word.
So sad…so, so, sad. 🙁
I know Cyndi. I really is just a tragedy.
Stephanie Sprenger says
My six year old was supposed to ride the bus home, but I showed up at school with dozens of other bewildered parents at pick-up time. It was hard to wait that long, but i needed the time at home without her to try to get the crying out. Now she's in bed and it's started again.
Stephanie, that is how I felt during the girls naps. I needed the time, but I still couldn't wait for them to be awake and just hold them. Mine are in bed now too and again feeling a bit bewildered and down. I have no right to though, because my children are here and healthy. Those poor people and those little kids, still at loss for words this many hours later.
Vikki Claflin says
My son is 23, and I ran to his house and hugged him while I cried. They'll always be our babies…
So true Vikki and I literally snuggled with my girls for hours tonight watching Christmas cartoons and not wanting to let go.
Give the girls an extra hug for me…..xxoo and take one for yourself 🙂
Thanks Aunt Gloria. I will totally for all of us and love you 🙂
In total agreement with you Richard on this one and can't even begin to understand what those poor parents are going through tonight. I still can't fathom how anyone could harm a child. This had to be one sick individual, but am with you on what does this say about our society now. But then you have so many others who have bonded and come together to try to do help out, which proves to me there is still some good left in this world, which I thank god for.
Melanie, I still have no words and am listening to more news reports right now. I need to turn them off, because they are truly breaking m heart. That said, you are a one of us and love you for that. Seriously, I am just thanking god to have gotten to know you and the rest of the Bloppy Bloggers (we just have an awesome group!).
Kate, I just had to say something, because my heart was and still is so hurt for these people. It is just so unimaginable.
Dianna, I can imagine that many others are feeling similar to me and just couldn't help, but say my own in my own words here. Thank you so very much for donating. We really have a wonderful group of bloggers and just happy to be a part of it. I know this can never bring back that poor defenseless child, but hope this will let the family indeed know other are thinking of them.
Rose A says
The story of the girls protecting each other from the vacuum was awesome! 🙂
Happy to be your latest Twitter follower. I'm visiting from the Super Sunday Sync.
Thank you for following me over here Rose A and am glad you enjoyed the tale of the vacuum with my girls. I honestly need to just try to remember all the good right now, because the events are Friday were truly so very sad and tried at least to brighten others days with that one 🙂 Very happy though to be following you back!!