In the wake of the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of so many this morning in Newtown, CT, as I sit and feel the pain and the loss that the world has endured, I tried to wrap my head around what I would say to the girls if and when the subject comes up. I saw this quote by Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) and knew that this was the direction I would go with our conversation:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
And then I realized that I needed those words just as much as they would. So I thought maybe you all did, too.