I can’t watch the tv coverage of the tragedy in Newton, Connecticut. Being a former teacher, a parent and grandparent, it’s just too difficult. I feel like the icy hand of fear has reached in to grip my heart.
I keep thinking of winter. Winter is a shared experience, especially when there is a heavy snow. This feels like we got about 3 feet of snow dumped on us. It’s a challenge to do anything, but you put one foot in front of the other even if the snow comes up to your knees. You do all the things you need to get done, prioritizing the most important first. This seems very much the same to me.
We will go on. The families directly involved will never be the same. There are no words to comfort them. Please shelter your children from 24/7 coverage of the tragedy. It’s not good for them to internalize all this fear. Don’t keep the tv coverage on at your house. Answer their questions, but don’t dwell on it. This is a rare incident, though shocking. Give them extra hugs and spend extra time with them. You can be the shock absorber for them.