I wasn’t sure what to say after Parkland…I didn’t want to add to the noise. But it what crushing, heartbreaking, chilling news … No parent should have to send their child off to school and have them not come home that day. I am so so sorry to everyone in Parkland. Parkland is three hours from us, and probably a community similar to ours. It can happen anywhere, and it shouldn’t. Public or private, inner city or not… I can’t believe this happened in America.
I thought this piece by Brene Brown articulated how I feel, growing up in the home I did. I so desperately am for reform, and extremely strict laws. Honestly I wish we lived in a world with no guns, but I also know that responsible gun ownership exists. I’ve seen that.
These sorts of things always make me feel powerless. What can I do? I think voting certain people out of office, is imperative to bring about the kind of change and reform.
I also believe there’s things we can do right now.
- Text or call a friend of yours that’s a teacher. Right now. Let them know you’re thinking of them. Reach out, I know it will help them feel a little less alone. A little more loved and appreciated. I taught school before going to grad school (and even during grad school) and we had a couple lockdowns due to gun fight in the area. Little things like a kind text of encouragement helps. I know people are all hating on thoughts and prayers right now – and yes action is most important. but I’ll take those prayers any day of the week.
- Bring in donuts, a box of coffee from panera, whatever… to your kids schools for the teachers, and staff (or a school down the street) – with a note to let them know they are loved and supported. that you are praying for them.
- Teach your children to love, even the loneliest of children. Especially them. I think we need to think of every child like our own … we see them, they matter – and we love them. with actions.
- Sign up for Big Brothers / Big Sisters. I always say the more adults that love my children, the better. Be that steady adult for someone who needs it during their childhood.
- Don’t let your children watch or play video games that are violent. Don’t let it into your home. *I hate that this sounds preachy btw, but feel strongly against it.
I welcome more ideas for things we can do together to stop this.
Lots of love to you all – hold your love ones tight!