Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Very Sad World Today

Today I was going to sit down and write about how my training has been going, how the camp in Bright was and how I feel like things are back on track.  But then I woke to the news that there was yet another shooting in the United States, in another school, with more deaths and my training, camp and being back on track really don't seem to matter.

In the small town of Newtown, Connecticut, a town of about 2000 people, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which caters to grades Kindergarten to grade 4, so 5-10 year olds, the morning became one of sheer horror.  I can't imagine what the parents of every student in that school went through when they heard that there was trouble at the school.  What we do know now is that 20 children have lost their lives along with 7 adults.  This is such a sad, horrible incident no matter when it happens, but at this time of year when children are looking forward to the holidays and excited about seeing the fat man in a red suit, it seems to make it even worse!

As adults we all know that life is short, but how many of us ever live life to the fullest.  We are always saying "I'll take care of it tomorrow" or "Tomorrow I'll call, dad, sister, brother, friend".  These children who have been taken from the world way to early had their whole lives to live for, growing up, graduation, university, work, falling in love, becoming parents themselves and raising their own children.  The adults who were killed  had lots of living to do, most of them being teachers who devoted their lives to the children.

A lot of people want to jump up and down today about the gun law's in the States and no doubt there will be lots of arguments and debates in the coming days.  But today we should just take a moment to mourn the loss of 27 people who all had so much to live for.  We should also learn a huge lesson from today, go home and hug your kids, tell those that you love exactly that, "you love them" and realise that life really is short so it's time to live like it matters and experience the fullness of what life really feels like.



  2. Good morning Carol: Glad to hear about your bike, how wonderful of the company. Yes, indeed it is a very sad time in the U.S. - their gun laws are certainly causing
    a lot of terrible problems - glad we have such stringent
    laws here in Canada - unfortunely for us a musician and his family from Winnipeg just moved to Conneticut and his little girl was one of the children killed - cannot imagine what they are going through. Love you Carol and glad to hear you are going to be with your grandson how wonderful for you and Russ. Have a good one my dearest niece. Love you forever - Rheta and Bob

  3. Good Morning my beautiful niece.
    Your blog today touched my heart. I know how difficult it is to lose a child but not so young. The parents will never get over it. What a sad time for all involved. I never miss an opportunity to tell my girls & family that I love them. Maggie is gone but I still tell her I love her.
    I hope you and Russ have a great Christmas and wonderful holiday season with family.
    I love you dearly and can you feel all my hugs.-- Marjorie & Crawford

  4. My dearest daughter,
    Dad and I Love you so much.I tell you that every day even though you cannot hear me, but I'm sure you know it.
    My heart aches for the families of the children and teachers.Such a senseless killing and so sad.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with Russ and whoever else you are spending it with.
    All our love,
    Mom and Dad