I know you don't come here for social commentary or to keep up with current events, (unless you count the comings and goings of my family as current events). But the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary a week ago in Newtown, CT has left me stymied as to how to just pick up with this blog as if nothing happened. How can I gripe about my messy, needy children when 20 families no longer have first graders to tuck in at night? How can I go on gushing about my adorable, clever children when so many lost their lives?
Not since 9-11 have I felt so personally affected by a national tragedy in which I don't actually know anyone who was killed. The articles and pictures keep catching me off guard, and I get all choked up over and over again. We haven't watched any television coverage here, because I'm not sure I could stand to (amongst other reasons).
In order to move on with this blog, to pick up where I left off, for my own sake I need to spew out a few links at you, things that I have found worthwhile this week. So forgive me if they do not interest you, you are welcome to just come back tomorrow. (If they strike you as oppositional to your views on gun control, though, I encourage you to read on. Don't we owe it to each other to carry on an informed dialogue and not just ingrain ourselves in our own ways of thinking?) Whatever your feelings are in response to this tragedy, I encourage you to use those feelings in whatever way you see fit to accomplish positive change. I donated to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. I've heard of others who are calling up restaurants in Newtown and footing the breakfast bill for strangers. My friend is offering a free portrait session to a deserving family. Others are coming up with 26 (27?) good deeds and random acts of kindness to carry out on their own to honor the victims. I think all of that's wonderful but would really love to see people specifically do something (any little thing) to address the number of lives lost annually to guns in this country- whatever that "something" may be. Call your senator to share your thoughts? Talk to a friend to influence public opinion?
Okay, thanks for humoring me. I know this is not the place....but it is. Because without this post, I can't stomach posting Waylon's (late) 15 month update.
Kristoff: Do We Have the Courage to Stop This?
Kristoff (follow-up): Looking for Lessons in Newtown
Rowe Walters: What Six Looks Like