A moment of silence

I never wanted this blog to be about politics or to debate parenting issues. Or for that matter get all too serious. I wanted to create a place where people can visit to talk about second hand finds, share how to do craft projects and discuss home reno and decor projects. I wanted this to be a place where I could make you laugh. But as I sat here trying to finish up one of my final Christmas craft posts this weekend, I just couldn’t do it. A greater issue needed attention.

Like many of you I have sat glued to CNN with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, trying to reconcile what I was watching at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. I don’t know anyone in Newtown. I’m not even an American Citizen. But I am a mother. And like any mother, I would run in front of a speeding train to protect my child. So to watch the devastation of the parents who just lost their children, including the adults that lost their lives for they were someones child too, has been more than my emotions could bear.

I want to honour the families and offer the only thing I could offer at this point, which is a prayer, a lit candle and a moment of silence in the memory of their loved ones that were taken away far too soon.

To the families of the this tragedy, I hope in the years to come that you are able to look back upon your child’s life with laughter and joy and remember all the good that they brought to your life and not the pain of this event. May you find solace in your grief and are once again able to breathe.

To all brave the first responders – police officers, law enforcement officials and EMS personnel – may you heal from what you have experienced and witnessed that day. Thank you for doing what most of us cannot.

To the media, thank you for putting the emphasis on the victims and their stories, as well as the teachers and educators that were heros to these children in their last moments. Let the stories of the lives of these children and educators be the continued story in the aftermath. Of how despite their short time here, how their lives impacted families, a community and now a nation.

My heart goes out to you all.

9 Comments

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    the home tome
    December 16, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Well said.

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    December 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It’s unbearable to think of the parents.

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    Kate
    December 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Beautifully put, and absolutely right in this awful moment. My heart goes out to all of those involved.

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    December 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Lovely post . . . thank you for this!

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    In memoriam | the thing about joan…
    December 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    […] think Alex expressed my feelings — probably all of our feelings — about it […]

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    Stacey
    December 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    It’s hard to think of anything else. It breaks your heart into a million tiny pieces. Thanks Alex… I’m feeling the same.

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    runtspickins
    December 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

    My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to all of those people as well. It’s just a horrific thing to here about that I can’t even imagine what the parents actually involved feel. It honestly breaks my heart. May God bless them all.

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    now at home mom
    December 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    beautiful words, I still can’t talk about this, is so painful, all weekend these babies have been on my mind too

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    traditionis
    December 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    great,great post!!

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