Ralph… as you can see by the date it is very hard to respond. Too close is an understatement, it is what we do as teachers. We look upon their faces, hear the unmistakable sound of a child’s laugh and many days receive a hug on the way home. As teachers, we are trained to touch their lives and many in my district find school a safer place than home. So to find out what had happened not very far away, filled me with anger and a great deal of sadness. This gloom stayed with many of us for the entire weekend…. until Monday. At first it was very hard to look into their faces and not see news flashes, the names and ages of those killed….as some matched my own students. Then almost in a slow motion film that is sped up to the present, their chatter, laughing, bickering and constant stories were back…. and I felt whole again.
If it was this hard for me, it is unimaginable what is happening to the parents and teachers in Newtown.