Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Mimisms ~ Sandy Hook Elementary: Will We Be Worthy Of Their Memory?

Designed by my sweet Baby Boy
  I've struggled over the past few days, as we all have, wondering not so much how to make sense of a senseless event, but how to express what I am feeling. My first internal reaction was grief, then almost immediately followed by anger. Horror. Shock. Pain in my heart that small children and a school faculty were held hostage by evil in their hallways. Disgust and sadness that in the same swath of humanity I live and move around in on this earth, there are people among us with no souls, no conscience, not a shred of goodness. People who can stare in the face of a child and pull a trigger.
Twenty plus times.

My emotions are all over the place.
Sound familiar?

There is a shooting range near my home. I hear gunshots all the time. Just now as I write this, I hear them.  I've gotten used to the sound and know they will not harm me. But the thought of the power they possess hadn't weighed quite so heavily upon me until tonight. Because I see the faces of children.

Sixteen of them were 6 years old. Four of them were seven. There were six brave and selfless adults who did the best they could to protect them, saving even more families from this unspeakable cross.  Listen to the reading of the names in this video. And know that Newtown, Connecticut is your town and my town.
I hope to God that we can rise to the level of expectation that our President has set for us. In his words..."For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory."

If you want to debate what needs to be changed in the way of gun policy, then do that, debate. But it is all wind, my friends, until you can say it as you stare into the faces of sixteen six-year-olds and four seven-year-olds who won't be home for Christmas.

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Red Shoes said...

Those poor poor parents and those poor poor babies. Even though I teach university age students, this has saddened me so.

I was angered to hear yesterday that the name of the monster who killed these precious little ones was read aloud along with the names of the innocents.

Had I been a parent, I would have been SO angry about this.

God Bless their little souls...



Mimi Lenox said...

I can't believe they did that. How awful for the families!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

It has been a trauma to the collective global consciousness, I think. And along with the conversation about guns, we need to have a conversation about mental illness, how there arent enough supports for families dealing with it, how parents have to look after these troubled young adults themselves - a job that trained professionals find difficult.

All so heartbreaking.

Charles Gramlich said...

So horrid, I can think of nothing to say. Only sadness overwhelms me

Akelamalu said...

All Britain was shocked, appalled and heartbroken at this senseless act. :(

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you so much for putting into words what so many are struggling with, Mimi. Newtown is just about 30 minutes from here, and we have quite a few friends who live there. Some of our friends have little ones who attend Sandy Hook Elementary.

Travis Cody said...

Of course I was tremendously saddened by what happened in Newtown. But I am also conflicted about the use of the word evil to describe the shooter.

I can't put that into real thoughts and words right now. But I wonder whether part of this national discussion and action must also include how we characterize as evil a possibly mentally impaired perpertrator of such a horrendous crime.

I'm not trying to excuse or rationalize the individual who would murder children and their teachers in a school, or absolve that individual of responsibility for his actions. I'm just trying to get some understanding and perspective, and wondering at how we have come to so casually conclude evil intent instead of mental impairment.

Mimi Lenox said...

Travis - I'm not sure he had the mental capacity to conclude anything, but the result was evil. That is how I view it. I can be saddened by the illness of the shooter and wish someone had helped him sooner and still see an evil act - not necessarily an evil person.

Does that make sense?

Travis Cody said...

Yes, that makes sense. I'm still not sure about the use of the word evil, but I see your point.

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