I have nothing to add today beyond expressing my deep sympathy about the horrifying tragedy today, confusion about why the media thinks it is okay to interview very small children right after they’ve lived through said tragedy, and agreement with our President when he stated today “We’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics”. Grief. Deep grief. I pray for the victims, the children and teachers and staff, their families, and everyone who was there or connected to this tragedy.
Tonight, hug your children and your loved ones. Talk to those who live far away. And love and care for each other.
Update: I find this helpful – advice from Mr. Rogers about talking to children about tragedy and disaster:
“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.“