Heavy Heart

By now everyone has heard of the horror and tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT. I saw a headline yesterday morning announcing a shooting in Sandy Hook. I vividly remembered entering that name into my map app over the summer. Carlos and I were visiting my friend from nursing school. I hadn’t seen her in ages and she had recently moved to Sandy Hook, the small village inside Newtown.

As I read the article further my stomach lurched. My friend also has a son in Kindergarten. I texted her immediately. Fortunately she responded and informed me that her son goes to a different school. I was relieved to hear that, but my friend was still very frightened because all the schools were on lockdown. Apparently the school he was at did a terrific job of shielding the students from the knowledge of what was happening elsewhere in the town. Her son came home happy and full of excitement over the activities carried out in the school to distract the students from the reality going on just miles away. Thankfully his innocence is protected for now.

I’ve cried. I’ve thought. I’ve prayed. I’ve hugged my son and my husband. I’ve thanked God for my life.

I am so saddened and heartbroken to think about what this community is going through. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by this tragedy.

7 thoughts on “Heavy Heart

  1. I’m glad your friend is ok! I also have a friend out there, but she lives about an hour away from Newtown. So scary. Give your son an extra hug for me!!

  2. Hi Aimee, we felt that same way about everything you say.

    I hope this also raises awareness of the violence that happens everyday to the poor kids in the poor areas of cities too. I know kids who are always scared in their neighborhoods during their entire childhoods. A sixth grader who lived with a 20 year old brother (with no parents) showed me a stab wound scar on his abdomen. These kids have frequent shootings in their neighborhood, and never really know if they will get shot or some other kind of assault. I want better for them too.

    Too often, people forget about the daily violence. Sadly, violence happens too often for it to make always make headlines. But all of these nameless kids who experience violence are precious too.

    šŸ™‚ Marion

  3. This whole thing has just been so awful for everyone. I just hope that people show their loved ones just how much they mean every day…and I hope that people don’t remember only the horrific evil of this event, but also the community and nation that cared so much about them during their time of need…proving that there still is lots of good in this world.

  4. It just goes to show that you really aren’t safe, no matter where you live. Tragedy happens anywhere, anytime and any place. Sending hugs to you and your friend who lives there!

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