December 14, 2012--A gunman with a mind for destruction forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday morning, killing 20 children and six adults, including the school's principal, in the worst shooting at a primary school in U.S. history.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'" he once said. "To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
It is so hard to comprehend the horror that filled the Sandy Nook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, yesterday. I am just so overwhelmingly sad right now, just thinking about those children, their families, the first responders on the scene....everyone involved in any way....and that includes all school children everywhere. No matter how tough and brave some children seem, I think there will be a bit of fear in every child who steps into their classroom on Monday morning and for a lot of mornings to come.
I know that a lot of people have joked about the soft-spoken Mr. Rogers over the years (myself included), but I think the world could use a lot more of the gentleness, kindness and comfort that this dear man provided children of all ages with, for so many years.
I don't even know how to express my feelings over this horrible tragedy.....I only know that I am going to spend more time hugging my family and friends.....PRAYING.....and just trying to remember how very blessed I am.
Even though there is such sadness all around right now, we need to remember to make the most of every minute of every day. I will try my best to fill my days with love, hugs, kindness, caring, gentleness, joy, prayer, and gratitude.