Good morning PW Readers,
This is the first post I am writing after the horribly sad news to come out of Newtown, Connecticut. Like everyone else, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around such a violent, senseless act. If you’re anything like me you’ve gone from watching the news, crying, turning it off, turning it back on, reading articles on the internet, and crying again. We have seen details emerge about the events that unfolded that day, and the heroes who gave their lives to protect those children. And oh, how incredible about that brave little girl who tricked the shooter by pretending she was dead and emerged as the lone survivor of her classroom. But no matter how we look at it, it is still so hard to comprehend the fact that someone could be so troubled to take the lives of all of those innocent people. Why? Why did this monster explode? How did it get to this point? What went so horribly wrong that resulted in this horrific act of violence? Can-and will-the cracks in our system be fixed?
If you communicate on any social network, I’m sure you have seen some level of heated debates flying about gun control, healthcare, and every other issue that can be brought to light, with much speculation as to which played the largest part in what went wrong that day. While I don’t consider myself a political person, I do read a great deal and am always interested in gathering the most information on a topic to ensure I look at situations from all angles, even if the view is uncomfortable. Out of everything I’ve read, one of the articles that hit me the hardest was this one. If you haven’t read it yet, it is a powerful message from a mother speaking out about her experience with her son who has a mental illness. She offers a rare, open-book look into her fearful life with him – an individual who she believes has the potential to do something terrible. It also offers a stark glimpse into the roadblocks she has faced in trying to get him any help. It is worth the read. And it is a frightening reminder at how serious a matter this truly is.
Since this news, I haven’t had it in me to post much here. I had lots of great things lined up: a last minute gift guide, several great cookie recipes, our favorite finds of the week, an awesome DIY project, and a new member of the PunkWife team to announce. But it can wait. Right now I’ll join all of you in praying for those families affected, as well as the community, and focusing on spending quality time with family and friends during the holiday season, thankful for life.
What I will leave you with is one video I came across, which put a smile on my face . I hope it does for you, too. It’s Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey, and The Roots, performing a very cool version of Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas” with the help of children and their instruments. Enjoy.
Rest in peace to all of the beautiful little souls lost that day, and the heroes who gave their lives protecting them. There most certainly are several more angels this Christmas.