Since Friday morning’s first reports about the shooting in Connecticut, I’ve been struggling to find words.  Not that I necessarily need to say them aloud, just to myself.  I went about my weekend with a heaviness in my chest, but at least everyone I love is alive right now.  I’ve been trying to make things okay in my head, but the world for so many families this Christmas, and from now on, will never seem to spin on the right axis.  No matter what the motive or explanation (and many seem to be so dismissive and pitiful), I cannot comprehend such a senseless loss of life.  My heart is broken.

Nancy Lanza
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hocksprung, 47
Madeline Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Russeau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

Sometimes the TV reports seem incessant and repetitive and I’d like to stop watching.  I think by reading about the victims, sharing their photos, and focusing on why the world is better for having had them around at all, whether for 6 or 56 years, is the best thing I can do.  I cry for the lost children and their parents, especially because I know it’s more than a passing media fixation for them.

This is their new life.

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    • Jess
    • December 17, 2012

    I completely agree. I want to remember the victims by how they blessed others lives during their short time on earth rather than hear or think about their lost moments. They shouldn't be defined by evil, but by the blessing they were to others.

    • Anonymous
    • December 17, 2012

    I truly hope there is an afterlife. This is such a senseless loss of life that these little ones deserve to be in a better place. My heart is broken too Anna. I don't care how mentally ill or bitter you are, there is NEVER any justification for hurting innocent babies like this 🙁

  1. Reply

    I work in an elementary school so this really hit home. I have cried for days.

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