In the midst of grieving, I hope our nation will pull together and take steps to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again. Whether one is pro-this or anti-that, It is our wake-up call. THINGS MUST CHANGE. WE MUST CHANGE.
I have two daughters in elementary school. On the day of the tragedy, I knew I had no choice but to tell them. I didn’t want to tell them, yet in this modern age of instant news, they would quickly find out. I pulled each one aside separately and summarized the unspeakable tragedy in a few sad sentences. We do not watch the news or read about it. We are not ignoring the tragedy; we are LIMITING the traumatic impact of the tragedy on our children. We choose to LIMIT their fear. We choose to LIMIT their anxiety. We choose to protect them from the deep and dark level of grief we feel for the victims and their families. Fear and sadness float everywhere around us, but for now, our girls will remain close to my husband and me. On our knees. Praying.
For all those who grieve, we pray for you this Christmas.
The Dudley Family