My six year old daughter was the angel last night in her Christmas program. She sparkled and wiggled her way through and every parent smiled through tears at the sweetness before us. We watched our little children sing Christmas carols, while our hearts ached for the parents of all the innocent children taken too soon and the adults who tried to protect them.
I thought of Olivia, the little girl from Newtown, CT, who was also supposed to be the angel in her church’s nativity program this year. I hugged my daughter close and told her how much I loved her…and she asked me why I looked sad even though I was smiling. She asked me if I was thinking about the “real angels” – I said “yes.” She said, “don’t worry mommy, they are all together in heaven.” Sob.
Our nation is mourning the loss of those murdered and still trying to wrap our heads around what happened, why it happened, if it will happen again and how we can prevent it in the future. We have to have a national conversation about it, but more importantly, we need to do something. But, what? MAMAs, share your thoughts and opinions.
In the meantime, MAMAs please review the following “tips” on how to talk to your children about the Sandy Hook school shooting.