"Connecticut is a horrible tragedy and a heinous act of cruelty without compare. I cannot even imagine the pain for the families, parents, teachers, administrators and community and I pray for them and for all the parents who are experiencing fear today thinking about their own children. But the answer is not to pull your child out of school, to hide them away from the world. It is impossible to protect your child at all times
This was my reaction to Newtown. Today, in a horrible act of cruelty, there was an attack on the Boston Marathon, the city of Boston and in an evil twist of irony, the survivors and families of Newtown, who were being honored by the 26 miles of the marathon and took their places as VIP guests of honor at the finish line.
I reread this today, to bring myself a little solace but I feel I need to add a bit. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes, from parents who accept the fear on behalf of their children, so that those same children can live a life without it, to first responders and good Samaritans who run not from but toward danger to help others, to those of us who may not feel like heroes, but who refuse to stop living out of fear.
Fear too comes in all shapes and sizes. I would rather live a life cut short in the throws of happiness, than spend my dotage in the dark depths of fear. Today we were reminded of how quickly a life can change, how a whole, able-bodied person can be damaged, mangled even killed in a moment's time. And yet, I hope that this does not drive you into the dark, into the shadows and away from the light. I refuse to die in little pieces, stripped of the happiness for which I fight so hard. It isn't just the children who are in danger of dying. Each of us must make that choice, every day to step out the door and risk our own demise. So hold your loved ones close, use this as an opportunity to reach out, to re-evaluate, to up the ante, but never to stop!