Well, I am crying now. It seems obvious to say, but the school shooting in Sandy Hook is just making me very, very sad.
I don’t really understand why things like the Sandy Hook shooting seem to happen. I know people have mental disorders, and there are insufficient gun control laws, and all the other explanations that we use whenever people decide to shoot down a bunch of unarmed people. Still, in some deeper way, I still do not understand how anyone can walk into a room of children and shoot at them without some fundamentally human part of themselves stopping them.
But I think, while sometimes, incomprehensibly bad things do happen in the world – like people shooting at a room of elementary schoolers, 14 of whom are dead – there are also good people out there.
Like the teacher, Ms. Clements, who, one mother explains, ran out into the hall and grabbed her son and another child and pulled them into a classroom when bullets were flying at them. Her son and the other boy are alive and well (though watching him calmly explain the school shooting he just survived is upsetting and heartbreaking).
I don’t know that it will necessarily make anyone feel better today, because it is a sad day, but it is good to be reminded that there are good people out there. Fred Rogers said:
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.” 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.
So, that’s where I am. But it is all still so very, very sad.
How’re you holding up, buddy?