I’ve been having a hard time pulling it together to post on something DIY-related, while we, as a country, grieve the utterly senseless loss of so many innocent souls. As the mother of three, my youngest in 1st grade, this tragic event leaves me with a hole in my heart, and a sense of helplessness. What can I do to help? What can I do to help heal such a deep wound?
In Newtown, CT, we’re witnessing a community that is pulling together, and supporting one another in every way they can. We’re hearing stories of heroism by teachers and staff that are unparalleled, and most certainly saved lives that surely would have been lost. In times like this, you see the humanity that weaves us together as a country.
So, what can we do? Here is my suggestion – start with small random acts of kindness. Their purpose is twofold – not only do they make others happy, giving is truly better than receiving – I always feel happier when I take the time to do something like this. Here are a few suggestions:
- Donate to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund – https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
- While waiting in line a the Starbuck’s drive-through, pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line, with their only “charge” to be to pay it forward.
- Take cookies to your local fire or police department, and thank them for their service.
- Pay for someone else’s gas while filling up.
- Visit or call someone who is lonely.
- Write a letter to a friend or family member.
- Send flowers to a friend.
- Write a thoughtful note to your child’s teacher, or better yet, have your child write a note of appreciation to a teacher.
After my brother died in 2007, I found myself asking for a sign that he was ok, and shortly after that, I saw a rainbow. Now, whenever I see a rainbow, I’m comforted that he is still with me, watching over us. Well, on Saturday, after this tragedy took place, I saw a rainbow, and the song, “Celebrate Me Home” was on the radio. I think these precious angels were welcomed Home, and felt a glimmer of peace in that moment.
I cannot fathom the depth of the loss these families feel, but I am with them in prayer.
Be kind to others and hug your children – I certainly have been.