‘Twas the 14th of December
and all through Newtown,
people where gathering
prepping for guests coming ’round.
Presents for kiddos were wrapped nice and tight
ready to be opened in just eleven more nights.
But evil was lurking in this sleepy ‘berg,
for one troubled child demanded to be heard.
He came to the school to inflict terror and pain
and now we’ve learned twenty-six more angels’ names.
Let us remember their beautiful faces
and though they left Earth, they arrived in God’s graces.
He’ll keep them and hold them and make sure they’re loved
until they’re reunited with their loved ones above.
So mourn for the losses, grieve for your kids
but find comfort in knowing they’ll always be His.
I don’t have children of my own, but I have a bunch of nieces and nephews. And while I realize that’s not even remotely close, I know that if anything ever happened to any of them I’d be devastated. Half of ‘my kiddos’ are old enough to be in school. They are old enough for the tragedy in Newtown to strike a special chord in my soul. Because I realize that I could very well be one of the people grieving the loss of a child they love.
And as the friend and relative of teachers, I could doubly be one of the people grieving. A friend, a cousin, a sister. It’s all too much to take in.
We have to do better. I don’t have answers or solutions. I just know our friends, our families, our children deserve better than what we are currently providing.
Let’s focus on what’s truly important right now – each other. Love. Peace. Kindness.
Because truly, kindness can change the world.