I Just Want to Shelter My Kids From It All -- Is That Possible?


iStock_000011621980XSmallI am sitting here, trying to make sense of something that seems outright senseless. What happened yesterday in Boston, I can’t even imagine. I am heartbroken for all those families, the injured, the scared and those left wondering what happened.

I don’t know if I am just more aware since I am an adult or if there has been a shift in the world where we hear more and more extreme tragedies happening closer and closer to home. Over the past few months, when I turn on the news or social media, there is another senseless act that has happened leaving so many people displaced.

I can’t make sense of it and I don’t see how kids can. My kids especially are worriers — it’s in their nature. They over worry about tornadoes and thunderstorms and my heart breaks with the thought of them having to hold this to their memory. I just want to shelter them from it all — every parent’s hope. I don’t know if that’s possible, I don’t know if that’s healthy for them and I don’t know if that’s possible.

I do know there is so much good in this world. All you need to do is look at all the people who rushed to the injured to bring them to safety. There are heroes all around us and if I try to focus on that, instead of the other side, I feel less afraid and less anxious.

My heart goes out to all those affected. There really are no words.

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