It’s Saturday morning, and I’m the only one in our school. Needless to say, it feels different today. Just yesterday, the classrooms were loud and festive – kids giving gifts to their teachers and singing joyfully in the holiday concert. That was before we knew. Today, I’m looking into empty classrooms and thinking about all of the parents in Newtown, Connecticut. It’s so overwhelmingly sad.
I’m also thinking about books that may help parents talk with their young children about these horrific events. The book I really like is out of print, but may be available at your local library. On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children by Andrea Patel was written as a response to September 11, 2001. But it would be equally applicable to the events of December 14, 2012. Patel asks a question that many of us are trying to answer today: why do terrible things happen? She answers it simply: “…because people act in mean ways and hurt each other on purpose.” But she offers hope and optimism. “Goodness is in the world,” she writes. “And it’s stronger than badness.”
A reminder we all need today.