December 15, 2012
When I was on my way to pick up D from preschool, I scanned the radio and heard a radio host speak of a shooting at a school in Connecticut. "You can listen to continued coverage at our sister station on..."
Wondering what was going on I turned to that station and heard the devastating news. A gunman had killed children and adults at an elementary school.
My first thought was "No, not again."
The shooting of Congressman Gifford, the movie theater, the mall in Oregon..." and those are only some of the most recent.
I admit my first thoughts weren't even about the lives lost or the empathy for the parents. I think it's because my mind could not even fathom the experience. When something that evil happens, our minds aren't able to comprehend it.
I thought about my son's school. How easy it would be for someone to simply walk in and start shooting.
And that's how it is with most schools. Even if there is a security guard or metal detector, if someone was determined they could get through. The gunman, from what I understand, wasn't let in, he forced his way in.
We live in a day and age where we have to protect our kids, and sadly, the most important thing we can do is teach our kids how to best protect themselves if ever something like this happened.
Like earthquake preparedness. Here in California, kids are taught to get under their desks if there's an earthquake. Will we need to likewise teach our young ones to do the same in case a gunman enters the room?!?
President Obama says something needs to be done. And every time one of these large shootings takes place someone says that, but what is done? Can anything be done?
As parents will we have to take matters into their own hands by at least teaching our kids how to best protect themselves? And of course you can only teach them so much. When kids are so young, how can they possibly understand?
Even the thought of getting a bullet proof vest for kids came to mind, but really? Has it really come to that?
Of course, we ultimately have to entrust our kids into God's care. Pray a blessing over them every day, that God will put a hedge of protection around them.
What happened in Connecticut is unfathomable. And I'm sure those parents who lost their kids feel they are in a nightmare and wish they could wake up from this awful dream. Only they are awake. It may take them a while before it all sinks in. But even as police investigate the gunman, and try to find out why it happened, it will never make sense.
The sorrow, the pain. I pray for all those who lost loved ones yesterday. And, I hope it's the lives of those lost we remember more than the gunman who did this heinous crime.
Last night my son woke up in the middle of the night and came to the living room where I was watching tv. I walked him back to his room and laid in his bed for a while, thankful I could put my arms around him and feel the warmth of his breath as he fell back asleep. He has a cold and usually when he has a cold I try to get out of his breath's path so I don't catch it. This time I didn't care.