Monday, December 17, 2012

An Open Letter to the Families of Newtown, CT.

Where to begin? What to say? My heart aches for you in ways I could never have imagined. And the fact of the matter is that no one can ever say anything that will ever make what happened, what you're feeling, and what you've experienced ok. And so I'm not going to try.

But I will tell you how much I admire you, how much I feel for you, how much I respect you.

You are a town who's name is known well across the country now. And while it's for a very terrible and sad reason, knowing your town's name has introduced the country to knowing some of the people in your town. Heroes. And angels. And a community who has come together like few other communities in this country ever have and will. And for that you should be proud.

Your town produced people who are the true image of bravery. Teachers who shielded their students and gave their own lives. Who told their students they loved them one-by-one and hid them in closets and bathrooms and gave them a chance to live during a horrific situation. Medics, police officers, firemen and others who were on the scene immediately and who fearlessly searched the area of that school to make sure it was finally safe. Who transported children off campus to firehouses and safety. And who gave up their own coats that chilly day to keep the children warm, and who hugged them to make them feel safe.

Though I only know of you from what I see and read on the news, it's evident that your community has rallied and come together like few ever do. I've watched you pray together, hug eachother, cry together and love each other during a time when many would find it hard to step beyond their own front door. You are a community who, I'm sure, will find strength in your togetherness. And in that strength, I pray you find peace, remember love and experience healing.

May you feel the loving arms of our nation wrapped around you, Newtown, as the country mourns for your losses, admires your heroes and prays for you all in this time of need.

"I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love" - Mother Teresa

Much love,
V