Blogging for Sandy Hook
One of the first songs my husband ever learned to play was “Where do the Children Play” by Cat Stevens. I can’t get it out of my head.
There are no words to make it easier. There are no actions that we can take to make it better. What happened on December 14th was a violation to humanity. We send our children out into the world because we must. We trust our schools to keep them safe. We can’t shelter our babies forever. Even when the school does nothing wrong, these tragedies happen. And there’s not a damn word that can be uttered to make it better.
I’m not a parent and I was in tears. Parents of children of all ages spent the day sobbing even though their kids were safe and well thousands of miles away.
As a school teacher I promise to keep my classroom door locked.
I promise not to open it for strangers.
I promise to keep my students safe as best I can.
I promise to risk my life for them because their parents aren’t there to do it.
I promise to care for the mental health of my students and alert guidance counselors when a student seems troubled.
I promise to reach out to the outcast kids and let them know they are loved.
On Friday, December 21st, bloggers around the world will unite and post for the families of Sandy Hook. Donations will be made. To me, though, that’s the least important part of our support. Let’s show these families that we are grieving with them. And we’ll pull together and do what we need to do to keep this from happening again.