As the mom of a Kindergartner, this is gutting me. I want nothing more to run to my children's schools and pick them up. I want to apologize for nagging them this morning to get their shoes on so we wouldn't be late. I want to make sure they KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that I love them more than anything in this whole world. I want to give them all their Christmas presents right now... because 18 children won't be opening theirs 11 days from now. And that breaks my heart.
Flashbacks of Columbine keep entering my mind... another day that I sat glued to my TV in tears, wondering how I could ever let my babies go out in this world and trust they would be safe. What if??
Many of our children are going to come home with questions about this shooting today. They will hear about it eventually... if not today at school, then maybe tonight on the news. What will you say when your Kindergartner asks you, "What if someone comes into MY school and starts shooting?" Sadly, we cannot assure them that will never happen. How do we calm their fears? How do we tell them that they are safe when we can't even be sure?
Here is a good article with some tips of how to talk to our kids... honestly, I don't know if anything I can say will ease my children's fears except that God is watching over us and He's taking care of us. And I know that because of that, we're not supposed to fear. But on days like today, I am reminded that monsters ARE real. They don't live in closets or under beds, but they go into movie theaters, and malls and schools and they shoot innocent people, forever changing the lives of so many families.
We are praying for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary... the families who are being reunited with their kids, and now have to calm their fears and help them deal with the aftermath of this tragedy, the families of the teachers and staff who have been killed... and especially the families of the students who are no longer here. Their lives were cut way too short in the most horrific way. The next several days, weeks and months as this tragedy unfolds is going to be heart wrenching for all of us, and we will be lifting you up in prayer and holding you close to our hearts.