I was so saddened by the tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th. I first heard the news on the radio that afternoon driving home from an appointment. I had to pull over and tears came to my eyes when I heard that young elementary school children had been killed by an unknown assailant. I sat in my vehicle for 20 minutes. When I finally got home and the details of the event were unfolding I tried to understand what had happened but I simply could not. To this day I still don't understand why someone would go after innocent children and their caretakers in a school. Makes no sense at all! I think we need, as a community, to think about our fellow citizens and to consider what Robert Fulghum wrote in his poem...
"All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten!"
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
And remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.