- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Tonight, I am really struggling with everything that has happened in the last week, especially in Conn. We lost my dad without any warning in August and I know that pain and shock. Right now I am watching Anderston Cooper remember those lost, and listening to his voie crack and it just hurts. It is so awful, so unimaginable. Tonight, I realized that I needed to spend time thinking about and dealing with what has happened and put some thoughts down on paper…so here they are…my thoughts…for whatever they are worth:
As a teacher, I have thought a lot about what happened on Friday and I’m searching for answers. Tonight in my classroom, I thought about where I would send my kids if that were to happen in my school. On facebook, there are a million theories about what would prevent this from happening again, and so much negativity directed at entire groups of people. It hurts almost as much as thinking aboutwhat happened that day. I think this is where the problem is. No one has THE answer, because what caused this to happen is so much bigger than one cause. Those who believe that we need to take another look at our gun laws are right. Those who believe that our mental health system needs another look are right. Those that believe that we need to put love back into our schools, need to come spend some time in the schools where I have had the privilege to work, and then they will see that the teachers and staff are not short on love, but that the schools are just short on staff. Tonight, when our president said that our most important job is caring for ALL of our children and that we have failed, he was right. But most importantly, I believe, the hate has got to stop. The blame on groups of people, for this tragedy or our nation’s other problems, has got to stop. It is time for American Adults to once again act like adults, and take responsibility for the words that we say. When we spew hatred at a group of people, children and mentally unstable people hear and act on what we say. The words that we say do matter. Make your words matter for good. Make your words encourage acts of love and kindness and we will be on our way towards healing what is really wrong with our country.