A Moment of Silence for the Children of Newtown, Conn.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I've been silent lately. I just haven't been making the time to write. I have so much to update you on..but first I have to write about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred not even a week ago in Newtown, Conn.

I cannot comprehend how something like this can even ill and misguided a person would have to be to senseless slaughter babies....yes the children were 6-7 years old but they are sombody's babies. I can not help but cry and tear up when I think of the heartbreak of the families of the children and of the teachers who tried to protect them.  During the holiday season, the family traditions and the excitement that comes along with it makes their loss that much harder to bear. I have been holding my own babies a little tighter as this was a sharp reminder that happiness is not guaranteed and that at any moment, the love and life we sometimes take for granted can be taken from us without any notice. In all the hustle and bustle of the season I challenge each and every one of you to take a moment to reflect on your blessings, hug your children and make sure that the people in your life know that you love them.

A photographer posted this on Facebook....I did not get the name but as soon as
I find it again I will give appropriate credit.
 Remember these children and teachers, keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Nancy Lanza
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

What is the world coming too? How do we protect our children yet not make them fearful of everyone and everything? You do the best you can to raise respectful, independent and loving people. You do everything you can to protect them and teach them and you pray that they will turn out okay. That life will be okay.

It isn't just the gun control system that needs to be looked at, but the health care system as well. Fewer guns would no doubt be helpful, but what would be most helpful is better access to mental health programs and more resources. The shooter was also someone's child, Nancy Lanza's child, and because he took her life as well as his own, we will never know what truly drove him to commit such an unspeakable act. Violence against the innocent and those who cannot protect themselves is possible the worst crime of all.

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