I was sitting in an airport terminal, waiting for my flight home. I turned on my laptop, with the idea of getting some work done and logged into Facebook out of habit. That’s when I saw it, reposted multiple times on my newsfeed, the devastating news about the tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As I read newsite after newsite, I cried.
I joined the millions of people grieving for the children and adults lost in this massacre. I mourned for the loss of innocence and I panicked as a mother. I saw many of my friends and colleagues do the same. Some even rushing to pick their kids up early from school just to have them close. But then, it began.
The criticism. The blame. The politics. The agendas.
Today the world lost 26 human beings, 20 of which were children ages 5-10. Young, beautiful souls whose parents will never get to hold again. Twenty babies who won’t be tucked into bed tonight. Twenty innocents who never got to go home again. You would think that we would unite in mourning. Instead, this horrific day is being used in every which way.
Mental Healthcare. Healthcare Reform. Gun Control. Presidential Criticism. Right vs. Left, Left vs. Right.
All that will still be there tomorrow. Today, the families of those lost are facing a loss so deep, it’s unbearable to even imagine. They didn’t elect to have their losses be used in your agenda. In your views. In your stance. No. Today, they are grief stricken. Today they lost a piece of their heart that will never be replaced. Today, their world was crushed.
So just for today, be a human being. Treasure your loved ones just a little more. Hug your children a little tighter, for a little longer. Not all of us have that chance today.