I wrote this several weeks ago and just discovered it sitting in my drafts. I feel like I cannot post before acknowledging the lives lost on December 14, 2012.
Last Friday I walked into school as I normally would. I always arrive to work on Fridays super early, and ready to start the day. We had our weekly flag salute, where I have the honor of announcing students names who have earned awards for reading and math, alongside our principal, vice principal, and our other instructional specialist, Christy.
After flag, as we were walking into the teacher's lounge, another colleague ran in explaining what had just happened. Our hearts sank. We all quickly ran into Stephs office(our principal) and immediately turned on the news. What I then saw and heard was devastating. How could this have happened? How could someone walk into an elementary school and kill innocent adults and young children?
The remainder of the day was pretty rough for me. I went home a bit early, and as I walked into my house, especially Ella's room, I just wept. Wept for the many lives affected by the tragedy and what lies ahead for these families. I also prayed. I prayed for all affected to some how find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Monday morning as I walked into my Kindergarten classroom to meet my students, I had to hold back tears. I have not been able to turn on the news, nor listen to any recounts of this horrible crime for this very reason. I just can't. It hits entirely to close to home.
So, I will go on, as you will, with our daily lives. But these sweet little and big angels who lost their lives will forever be in my heart and will never be forgotten.