Like every American within hearing distance of the news media, I too have mourned the loss of life in Newtown, CT. At the time, I chose not to post about it. Instead, I left a message on my Facebook page that I would be silent for a day or two. I unplugged, stayed home and tried to keep busy. I watched the news last night for any updates. I cried through the entire 30 minute CBS evening news.
As a former employee of a school about the size of Sandy Hook, my first thought upon hearing the news was for the fallen students and staff.
Then my school secretary instincts kicked in and all I could think about were the teachers and staff left behind. The ones who have to somehow pick up the pieces of their shattered school…without their principal.
There is much work to do at that school. Work that cannot be accomplished by the faint of heart. That staff has to join together, find some leadership and start over. Even though it might be in a different building, it’s a new start all the same. They need our prayers. They need our encouragement. The town of Newtown is counting on them to bring some normalcy back into the lives of the students.
Normalcy is sort of relative. What is normal to one person is not necessarily normal to another. My normal right now is blogging, sewing, and preparing for Christmas with my family. That’s what I’m going to do this week. I’ll be back Monday with a regular, normal post. Stop by if you need a break.