A few words.
This space is a little bit of distraction. Some silliness and frippery to add a dash of colour to your day.
You haven’t heard from me this week because I haven’t felt in a very silly mood. As you’ve probably already seen on my social media, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has affected me deeply, as I’m sure it has most parents around the world.
I don’t have to live in America and I don’t have to have a child in that particular Newtown, Connecticut school to feel the gut-wrenching devastation that news of twenty under-ten-year olds (who are still young enough to believe in the magic of Santa Claus and reindeers with red noses) have been shot one by one by a gun-wielding man.
We are mothers. We are caring for our children who are learning and questioning and growing. We feel our children’s pain when they fall off their scooter and skin their knee. We wish for them a future in which they can be everything that they strive to be. I can’t even fathom how these mothers and fathers are coping with the idea that their children were dropped off that morning at their elementary school but they never came home.
How do you come to terms with that?
One minute your six year old is talking excitedly about how they can’t wait to grow up and be a fireman with a big red firetruck and the next they’re gone. Taken away.
If you’ve read my social media, you have seen my anger about the availability of guns in an educated first world nation like America which allows innocent children like these to be stripped of their lives with no more exertion than a finger on a trigger. At the heart of it, I believe people should be able to feel safe when they send their children off to school each day.
But more than the anger, I feel hopelessly sad for the families of those twenty children and six teachers who were killed on December 15th. I can do no more than say words to them like “I’m sorry” “I send my love” and other such empty letters and syllables which joined together into sentences don’t even come close to bringing their young children back.
I wish for you a better world. I hope the good and the kind and the wise people in your life help to make it so.