If you have spent time talking to your kids about what happened in Boston this week, some questions will probably follow. Depending on how much information you think your kids “need to know,” the conversation may have turned to the fate of 8 year old Martin Richard.
Even if it didn’t come up with your kids, I know it came up in your heart. Martin died when he was in the explosions while he was waiting for his dad at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I get chills just writing that.
You see, I’m a runner. I’ve run 4 marathons and dozens of half marathons, many in support of Team Diabetes. If you’ve been near any organized race as a participant, or cheerleader, you know the atmosphere. The course is filled with kids cheering parents and family on. It gives you so much energy to hear, or see “Go Mom!” and “Go Dad!” from your kids, or someone else’s.
The part that crushes most about Martin is the picture that was circulated by a friend of his teacher after he passed away.
Last year, for a school project, he wrote a sign that said “No more hurting people. Peace.” Lucia Brawley, posted the photo to Facebook.
“His message resonates powerfully today,” Lucia wrote. “My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.”
Now parents and children are picking up the cause and the message in Martin’s memory. Kids are writing out his wish and parents are taking pictures and posting them online. Sure, it’s a bit of slacktivism, but hopefully it’s a message that will sink in for our kids.
We’ve had enough of Steubenville. We’ve had enough of Newtown. We’ve had enough of Aurora. We’ve had enough of Boston. Our wish is Martin’s wish: No more hurting people. Peace.
Remembering Martin Richard 1 of 6Click through to see kids sharing their own wishes for peace in memory of Martin Richard
Martin, Age 8 2 of 6No more hurting people. Peace.
Image via Lucia Brawley
Kaia, 5 3 of 6A sign in honor of Martin Richard and all innocent victims of violence
Image via Jessica New Fuselier
Jalayla, 8 4 of 6When we talked about Martin Richard the first thing she said was "he was the same age as me," also the first thing I thought when I first heard the news.
Image via Krishann Briscoe
Norrin, Age 7 5 of 6"A rainbow on a sunny day".
Image via Lisa Quinones-Fontanez
Zoe 6 of 6"Funny thing is, this is what she had on today - peace earrings scarf and love is all you need tee.."
Image via Casi Densmore-Koon
If you would like to add your kids’ voices to the gallery, let me know.