I’ve mentioned once or twice before that while this blog is 99.9% a quilting/sewing blog, sometimes it’s my personal outlet too. Today is one of those days. It feels so weird to think about getting back to blogging about quilting after what happened in our country on Friday. Like many of you, I have wonderful, young children. My oldest is 6.
Lost her first tooth!
She is bright, energetic, innocent, eager to learn, loving, artistic – she is my life. Every day with her and my son is a gift from God. And every time I looked at her this weekend, I saw what was lost to so many families on Friday. It’s unbearable to imagine. I think about the teachers who lost their lives protecting the children and am humbled by their bravery, heartbroken for their loved ones.
Once again I feel like our country has lost a piece of it’s innocence. I’m preparing to send my little girl off to school today when my heart is screaming to keep her home forever. She loves school. The bus, her friends, her teachers, the learning, the specials, there is nothing she would rather do than spend all her time there. She has grown so much this year under the guidance of her awesome teacher. And I know I can’t keep her next to me forever. But I spent most of the weekend cuddling her and my son. Luckily they are young enough not to be annoyed by all the extra hugs and kisses.
Like many of you I imagine, I am left here feeling a bit helpless. I wonder what I can do to help the families and community of Newtown. I received an email over the weekend about a pillow case drive – see Flickr for details. If you know of other ways to help, please feel free to post them in the comments here.