There will be no visuals with today’s post.  There can be none that wouldn’t further break our collective hearts.  I brought my three children up in Ridgefield CT for 30 years…just a short drive from Newtown.  I know people there effected by this horror I’m sure, and I hope they know my pain and hope is with them.

We are lovers of children’s stories and books, and much of that involvement comes from a love for innocent, learning, growing children and their promised hope for the future.  It’s inconceivable that any evil comes to sweet children anywhere, but of course it does too often.  This was just an extreme event of random evil that just can’t be truly taken in.  My family just celebrated the birth of a new granddaughter, our 7th grand child in fact.  We were, and are still, feeling very very blessed at this blessed time of year.  Suddenly we also feel betrayed and helpless.  What can we really do to protect anyone…even ourselves.  Life doesn’t always make sense.  It’s not always joy and blessings or even quiet unmemorable moments!  How to grasp that and move on into life, but we do, and must.  This holiday season is a time of sincerely warm spirit and deep emotion…. and we need to still allow that story into our hearts, as this other horrific story has forced its way in.  We need to hold onto the story of  love, sharing, caregiving of family and the future’s hope for all. Particularly for those devastated families in Newtown. We need to hold onto our loved ones and feel the blessings of their being.  Just their being here with us.




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2 Responses to Evil….

  1. Yes. You are so right, Chris.
    Morgan Freeman wrote something this morning that was posted on my FB page.
    His statement about these random shootings….

    “You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.
    It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

    CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

    You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem.”

    I, for one, disagree with his statement about gun control! It’s a mystery to me WHY these automatic weapons are allowed! We have laws about wearing a seat belt, etc, etc, but because of our “rights” there’s NO law against these kinds of weapons!

  2. Just saw this post… Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Still so hard to understand. I have not been able to watch the news since last Friday, but have continued to keep all of the families, first responders and community in our prayers. We have spent the extra time squeezing our children and making more time for family. You made a good point that this was an extreme event of random evil, although it’s still hard to put our Kindergartener on the bus in the mornings. I’m sorry to hear this happened so close to your original home. Congratulations in your growing family. Children & grandchildren are such a blessing! Happy Holidays.

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