I live about 20 minutes from Sandy Hook CT. My wife and I have a family friend who attends Sandy Hook Elementary. He is OK. It is safe to say that our entire state is in horrified shock and deep, deep grief. Malls are busy yet quiet. People are driving slower and there seems to be a lot more courtesy. Parents are holding and watching their children more. Strangers share tears after only a few common words.
As a father I want to do something, anything I can to help and protect not just my two children, but any children. And in times like this when the shock wears off that helpless void cannot be filled but with grief and sorrow and the love of family, and friends.
Even closer to our home is Victoria Soto the 27 year old teacher who was killed protecting her classroom full of children. She was from my hometown of Stratford, CT. So close in fact now my wife Kristen and I have had to talk about this horrific act with our 7 and 9 year old perhaps changing their view of the world and safety forever. We would rather have shielded them from this tragedy if it were possible. I am certain the approaching holidays will be different for all of us. It will be a closer, tighter, slower, holding and hugging time. And we can find peace in that. I hope for healing, someday, for those 26 families.
At RecruitingBlogs our deepest and heart felt condolences go out to every family in Sandy Hook and Newtown CT. I know thousand of our readers are from all parts of the world...know that your thoughts and prayers are heard here. We wish you all a warm holiday and happy new year.
A common sentiment right now in Connecticut is: Grab your kids and hold them, tell them you love them, play with them and laugh with them, it is truly the greatest thing in the world.
Tiny Angels rest your wings
sit with me for awhile.
How I long to hold your hand,
And see your tender smile.
Tiny Angel, look at me,
I want this image clear....
That I will forget your precious face
Is my biggest fear.
Tiny Angel can you tell me,
Why you have gone away?
You weren't here for very long....
Why is it, you couldn't stay?
Tiny Angel shook his head,
"These things I do not know....
But I do know that you love me,
And that I love you so".