frayed emotions

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

a month ago, our country endured the boston marathon bombing.

five months ago, we watched a massacre unfold in front of our eyes in connecticut.

six months ago, we watched hurricane sandy devastate massive regions of the east coast and ultimately cancel the new york marathon as it destroyed way too many lives.

a non-news-addict friend of mine once said that they should stop calling it ‘the news’ and instead they should just call it ‘the bad news’ so people know what they're getting themselves into.

and somewhere in the midst of all of this, i very specifically remember saying it’s easier to forgive a natural disaster than it is to forgive a terrorist.

yesterday i realized i may have spoken too soon.

moore, ok.

what a nightmare.

i cannot imagine the pain and the loss. i can’t imagine the suffering, and i can’t imagine how you even begin to pick up the pieces and try to put them back together again.

what i do know is that people have very generous hearts, especially in times of need. of course you know you can donate to red cross to help provide immediate relief to families.

i stumbled across another way to donate today, and as a teacher, this seems like a pretty thoughtful way to help - something that will be a necessary and important effort in the coming months. donors choose does amazing work for classrooms! the amount donated on this page has increased by $10k in just an hour. i think that’s a pretty strong testament to the kindness and generosity of strangers.

and just in case neither of these options float your boat, p-dub has an additional host of options for you to peruse. she's prettty awesome.

i know people are strong and resilient by nature, and i know that the people directly effected by this disaster will persevere, but i also know they can't do it alone. in the wake of such an unsettling event, i hope the people in moore and the surrounding areas are able to find a calm moment or two tonight – i know they need it, and probably so do we.

peace…

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