Wednesday, December 19, 2012
our first job
"My kids do not know what happened on Friday. I hope it is a story I never have to explain to them. Because how can I? I can not comprehend it myself, much less translate it to my innocent six year old. Children - all children - deserve to live a childhood knowing they are safe. I'll do what I can to keep that belief alive."
We do not watch, nor do we have, television. All of the news we've gleaned from NPR and a handful of internet articles. Still, with Juniper, I think we'll need to be more careful. She has asked us several times if we were sad. We told her we'd heard a story that happened far away and made us very, very sad. And then we told her how very much we loved her and how happy she makes us. She smiled and giggled and asked us to read her another book.
This is not what I intended to write. I wanted just to catch you all up on our holiday fervor. But I just couldn't sit down and not acknowledge the thing that has lodged itself into the heart of our nation. People who never cry, are crying.
"This is our first task -- caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged." ~ President Obama, Newtown, CT