Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All is calm...

...all is bright...
 
For some reason the canned music inside the auditorium was stuck on a loop of Silent Night.
 
I watched the little children file in and I struggled hard to keep back my tears.
 
The third graders...dressed in bright shades of red, lime and holiday green...filled the bleachers.
 
I counted.
 
Twenty-five innocent faces filled one section.  The children wiggled in excitement and enthusiasm.   So much energy and joy contained in those animated little beings.
 
I counted the children again.
 
One whole section of the bleachers...and more...gone.
 
My Mother's heart wept.
 
My Grandmother's heart wept.
 
I don't know what has to happen to protect our lovely children.
 
But until it does...
 
None of us will truly again know the meaning of...
 
...all is calm.
 
...all is bright.



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14 comments:

Jeanie said...

I just came from an elementary school program and my thoughts were very much the same....not as eloquent, but with the same feeling.

Jennifer said...

:(

Ruby Manchanda said...

Your post touched my heart.

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

I don't think many of us will attend a group of young children's presentation without a similar thought ... I live across from the pre-school day care, the before and after school programs for our town and surrounding areas...
the school buses...3...let the children off in front of my house... everything sends me back to "they are so little" "how could someone do that?" Thank you for saying it for all of us..

pasqueflower said...

Beautifully said. Painfully sad.

Jo said...

i never knew i could feel so lost and without words ... you said it so beautifully ...

Terra said...

Incomprehensible on every level. Thank you for the beautiful words.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Without being able to pray this would be very difficult. It is hard enough.

noexcuses said...

Very touching and eloquent. My heart aches for the familes who will be smaller this Christmas. Thanks so much for posting this, Jenny!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

I think of them as angels in heaven watching over our crazy world now..

Maggie M said...

Very touching sweet Jenny. Hugs

H said...

No one should have to suffer the way that community has suffered.

Sue said...

That has been on my mind so much, Jenny. In fact, I had to post about it today to try to work through it. Reading your post helped me in that process.

Beautiful.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Amen...it is painful to imagine what the families are struggling with right now. And forever.
XO