"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Taking a moment...

I won't be sharing my 'book news' this weekend.

I'm sure that I am not alone when I say that it has been a very emotional time for most of us... 
my heart is so very heavy with sadness with the tragedy that happened.

Yesterday was my big boy's 9th birthday and little guy's Christmas craft at school. 
It was very difficult for everyone to try their best to concentrate, put on a smile and be merry. 
My boys are too little to understand what has happened. 
And as parents, teachers and loving adults -  
all we want to do is protect them and try to hold on to their innocence a little while longer. 
But, unfortunately, in the world that we live in today, they need to know that bad things do happen. 
And that there was a reason that an alarm, one that they had never heard before, went off and was tested at their school yesterday afternoon. A reason that all doors were locked, being watched and that security guards will be at their school for the next week. 
I have not been able to explain it to them yet. 
It is difficult to find the right words (and courage) to tell them in a way that they can understand without scaring them... 

I have two very precious little boys to squish on a little extra harder today, and the next day and the day after, and after that... to memorize their sweet little faces, toes and laughter... to love and hug... 
even more so when they start complaining that they can't breathe and that I'm bothering them too much.
It's time to stop taking advantage and appreciate what we have, every day.

I am blessed and truly thankful for that. 

My heart and prayers are with those who lost precious angels yesterday,
and with those with broken hearts. 
Hug your lovies tighter today and every day.


  1. I can't imagine having to explain it to kids. I hope you were able to find the words (and like you said, courage) to explain it to your boys. When I heard the news, all I wanted to do was hug my nephews. It just about killed me that I had to wait until today to do it, but when I did I never wanted to let them go. My family means everything to me, and I'm always grateful for them, but this has definitely opened up a lot of peoples' eyes. Our time with our loved ones is SO precious. <3

  2. Wow. I can only imagine how tough that must be. I think as parents we all weeped for those babies and their poor parents.

  3. I can't read anything about those kids without crying. I have a 6 year old and every time I think about those kids who died....they are my kids. They are my kids, too, and that's all I can think about.


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