I got home from the gym this afternoon, I was excited with my workout, then I logged online. I logged onto my Facebook account and found my wall overflowing with condolences to the families in Connecticut. I was confused and googled it as we have no television at my house. When I found out what happened in that elementary school I was saddened and appalled at the same time.
As a former alpine ski coach and lacrosse coach for a decade, I have personally coached children and adults of all ages. I also worked in education for my entire post college life up until this summer. Having a background in both of these affected me even more I think. As an EMT I cannot imagine having to go into a scene like that. I can't imagine how those families feel tonight knowing that their children will never come home. Looking at the reactions online there are a range of emotions. Some are calling for action, some are just saddened and others just in shock. I think it is easy to get stuck in the tragedy, eat it up and find ourselves watching more and more.
We often see these things happen and dwell on them. This was a tragedy today, however it is important to remember that there are still good things that go on in the world. In the midst of all this sadness I saw this message of hope today from a friend...
"On such a tragic day, I need to share some positive...We went out to eat today at Caeleigh's favorite place, Cracker Barrel. At the end of our meal, the waitress wished us a Merry Christmas. Someone picked up our tab. It brought tears to our eyes. We have no idea who it was, but God Bless and Merry Christmas to you."
Sometimes we need to remember it's not all bad in the world. There is hope. I just hope that the later story will be the future and not the beginning of this post. For now my heart goes out to those in CT and wish for more like the stranger at Cracker Barrel in the future, I know I will be hugging those children around me a little bit tighter next time I see them.