My good friend and I went to Sandy Hook this morning. We wanted to pay our respects to the victims and find some way to connect with our community during this horrible time.
The outpouring of love was just unbelievable. Not only in the things you see here in pictures... but in words, strong, tight, loving hugs from strangers and a sense of knowing that everyone there needed one another.
Strangers asked us how we were doing. One woman came straight up to us and gave us an enormous hug without saying a word. A gesture that anywhere else would have seemed odd. Gestures that should become commonplace. Is there hope this event has changed us? Can it last?
We brought stuffed animals and candles and placed them in front of the memorial. We spent a long time in Sandy Hook this morning and walked up to the firehouse as well. We were amazed to see that each one of our little candles were still burning strong when we returned despite the light rain and wind. It was a sign to us. Energy was around us that was pure love burning bright.
A small tree was placed and decorated for each lost soul.
I am so thankful to whoever made this sign. It has stayed with me throughout the day and has helped me to shift my thinking some. I have decided that this MUST be a pivotal time for our world. There must be change immediately and I am praying each day that it will begin now. I promise to do whatever I can to be a part of that change in my lifetime and I promise to teach my children to be changemakers and peacemakers as well.
There was press everywhere. My friend and I think we may have been recorded more than once. It was a little difficult to grieve and cry privately when cameras were all around. I can't imagine how hard this is on families. Families who need space and silence to mourn and be with loved ones.
Rest well little angels. And know that you will never be forgotten. I pray that your life will be the beginning of a beautiful new world where the focus is put back on the family, people learn to live with and love one another in peace and weapons and violence become something of the past. I pray.