I almost didn't post this tonight. This weekend has been almost consumed by reading the news about the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I was in a meeting downtown on Friday and didn't have access to any news until we stepped out for lunch and I could not believe what I was reading and seeing on my phone. Gut renching, heart breaking, stunned disbelief. And then the sense that I needed to get home as soon as I could to see and hug my boys.
The weekend did have pockets of goodness...
Colin's soccer team won the Richmond Cup for their division on Saturday afternoon. There was snowy rain coming down and the coaching staff set up a tent with heaters and hot chocolate for the boys. This clearly helped as they won 6-1 and were very excited about their medals and cup win!
On Sunday there was usual Sunday stuff and dessert preparations for our early family Christmas dinner with my parents and sister's family. They are off to Thailand for three weeks this Friday and this is the first Christmas since we've all had grandchildren that our families won't be together for the holidays.
My sister, who is training to be a counsellor, and I had lots to connect about. We both are talkers - we like to talk things out and sort things out in our head by talking. So much to talk about and so much to feel thankful for.
As more and more news comes out about the shootings, and the faces of the little ones lost to this Earth are shared, I can't even imagine how those children and teachers felt. I am so struggling with the WHY of all of this...is the answer gun control? better support and understanding of those with mental illness? is this a reflection of a society that is becoming more and more broken?
At this point, I can only hope that this tragedy will be an impetus for change.
As we drove by St. Paul's Hospital this evening on our way home, I snapped a quick (aka blurry) photo of the Lights of Hope and sent my thoughts to the community of Newtown for support and healing.
And I was thankful for the goodness that is in my life.