Friday, December 14, 2012

Requiem for the Angels of Newtown, CT

Newtown, CT. December 14, 2012.

I heard the news today. It shattered the quiet. My heart is heavy. It aches. It weeps for the loss of innocent beautiful lives. Children. Educators. As a mom and grandmother, I am in shock and beyond horrified by what happened. I can not comprehend the senselessness. Hug your little ones and loved ones today. Hold them tight. Tell them you love them. How much they mean to you. Never take them or their love for granted.

Terra Cotta Cherub
Sung by Celine Dion
Written by Phil Galdston and Jean-Jacques Goldman
Fly, fly little wing, Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove, Upon the wind of heaven's love
Past the planets and the stars, Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain, And fly again

Fly, fly precious one, Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness, Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore, There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem'ry bittersweet, til we meet

Fly, fly do not fear, Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free, Be on your way, don't wait for me
Above the universe you'll climb, On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set, But I won't forget

Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light


  1. This is so sad. I cant believe there was another senseless shooting, this one in an elementary school, all because the shooter was mad at his mom(the kindergarten teacher). So many pure, innocent lives were lost today.
    I was out when it happened, but when I turned on my computer, and looked at facebook, this was all I was seeing... The very first thing I did is call/text my friend in Connecticut. He has a little girl in kindergarten, and I was beyond worried about them! I cried until I found out she was ok, and that the school was about an hour and a half from them. Now I am seeing the little memorial pictures that everyone has, and I am still tearing up. I cant believe someone would do such a cruel thing to little kids.

  2. it's inconceivable. my head still can't wrap around it. all i keep thinking about is those poor parents finding out about the shooting and rushing to the school. Not knowing if their precious little one was alright or not. How frightening! But then the ones who found out they lost their little ones. They wouldn't be able to bring their child home and tuck them into bed tonight. It's heartbreaking....

  3. this guy was the lowest form of evil and cowardice imagineable.the depth of pain that he has caused is unfathomable. my heart goes out to the familys affected by this, and im betting thats millions of familys.. good advice kate that we should all hold our loved ones tight ( no matter what their age ) and tell them that we love them..

  4. I've cried every single day since this happened. Sometimes quiet little tears, sometimes full blown sobs. It is so unimaginable that even as I am bombarded by the images, details, and memorials I cannot fully wrap my brain around what has happened.

    I can only hope that some good comes from this - changes in our mental health system would be a good start.(I live in CT an am fully aware of how many psychiatric facilities have been closed in the past 10 years and how many of the social workers were laid off.) Changes in our gun ownership and responsibility laws would be another place to start. Changes in how our media cover tragedies like this is another area to look at. So many of the families have been further traumatized and burdened by the constant onslaught of the media and those seeking to shine some of the media's glare onto themselves (like Dr. Phil). The constant onslaught cannot be good for any of the rest of us either - sorrow and heartache drilled into our psyches for days and days on end. I am praying that the movement to be kinder and more connected will take hold for longer than the headlines last. I am hoping that as a family of Americans we can come together and work together, especially when we don't agree. I am hoping we can all remember that everything we know and love can change and be gone in the blink of an eye so we need to take the time to be good to each other while we can. We need to love, to smile, to hug, to connect, to make each other feel valuable.

    I cannot imagine what those families are going through but I do know that their lives have been changed forever. They will never be able to forget. My heart breaks for them and for those who lost their lives at the hands of that callous, cowardly monster.

  5. I think one of the saddest things about this whole incident is that there isn't one way to prevent this from happening again. There isn't one answer. Many things have contributed to massacres such as this. The media, video games, violent movies, prevalence of guns, stances on religion and politics, lack of parental guidance, breakdown in health care system (including for mental health), and a general lack of empathy and caring in society. Where to begin? I don't know. But it seems that one good thing that may come out of this very sad mess is that it has gotten people talking and calling for action, for change. That's a start.
    In the meantime, let's all hug our loved ones and make a vow that the lives of those lost in Newtown won't be in vain.


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