Daily Archives: December 17, 2012

Heroes and Innocents

After a weekend spent feeling as if the world had taken yet another turn for the worse, I find myself still unable to put into words my feelings about what happened in Newtown, CT. My twelve-year-old cried herself to sleep for the victims, but she also cried because she felt scared. Her innocence was shattered; a sacred place—her school and every school in America—no longer felt safe.

I held her as she cried and had no sage words of wisdom to offer. I couldn’t explain what happened, I couldn’t tuck it neatly into a box that we could together hide under the bed or bury in the yard. The only thing I could do, the only thing we could do was to pray.

She will return to school today with a huge chunk of her childhood gone, looking over her shoulder at strangers, distracted by the horrible possibility of what if. I will drop her off and pray nothing happens. Millions of parents across this great land will do the same.

Hug your children, say a prayer, light a candle, love one another, and never forget these 26 people who died on 12/14/2012 as heroes and innocents.

Charlotte Bacon, 6
2/22/06

Daniel Barden, 7
9/25/05

Rachel Davino, 29
07/17/83

Olivia Engel, 6
7/18/06

Josephine Gay, 7
12/11/05

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
4/4/06

Dylan Hockley, 6
3/8/06

Dawn Hochsprung, 47
6/28/65

Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
7/10/06

Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
6/8/06

Chase Kowalski, 7
10/31/05

Jesse Lewis, 6
6/30/06

James Mattioli, 6
3/22/06

Grace McDonnell, 7
11/4/05

Anne Marie Murphy, 52
7/25/60

Emilie Parker, 6
5/12/06

Jack Pinto, 6
5/6/06

Noah Pozner, 6
11/20/06

Caroline Previdi, 6
9/7/06

Jessica Rekos, 6
5/10/06

Avielle Richman, 6
10/17/06

Lauren Rousseau, 30
6/82

Mary Sherlach, 56
02/11/56

Victoria Soto, 27 
11/04/85

Benjamin Wheeler, 6
9/12/06

Allison N. Wyatt, 6
7/03/06

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