I fell asleep Friday night while all 4 of us were snuggled in our bed. I slept hard that night because I wasn’t feeling well, and woke up foggy headed Saturday morning. I hoped it was all a bad dream, but of course it wasn’t. When I logged onto Facebook Saturday morning, I saw this picture shared by a friend. The artist, Jeremy Collins, was moved to create this image in the wake of Friday’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. I think this sums up how humanity is feeling today, especially anyone lucky enough to be a parent.
As a beautiful person said last year to a dear friend after she experienced unthinkable loss, today we sit. We sit with the parents and the families of those lives lost. We sit with them in support, in grief, in fear, in unthinkable loss and terror. We sit with them in love.
We sit for each of those beautiful lives taken far too soon, for the innocence lost, for the bravery and courage of the amazing teachers and administrators who gave their lives to protect so many others. We sit to remember each and every one of the victims, who have names that need to be read, shared, and remembered, recognized for the wonderful souls they were even in their short lives.
And so, I leave you with the image of each and every person whose life was ended too soon, and urge you to take a few minutes today, tonight, and each day, to think of them, honor them as you see fit, and sit – with them, with their families, and for them.
Today and every day, I sit.
(Photo on cover of New York Times Sunday edition).