Very early this morning I went outside, around midnight, and enjoyed the snow. The flakes were huge and just swirling around, sticking to everything. This is our first real snow of the Winter, as the only other two times it has snowed it didn’t last long enough to even cover the ground. But tonight the ground was covered in less than 20 minutes.
It’s beautiful but my camera does not do well at night. I hope it snows while I’m sleeping and that I can get some nice photos in the morning.
My heart goes out to the people of Newtown, Connecticut tonight, there was a horrendous school shooting that happened this morning. The death toll has reached 28 so far, including the gunman, his mother who was a teacher at the school, 6 faculty members and 20 children. What’s even worse about the children is the fact that they were Kindergartners. So young and innocent, with their entire lives ahead of them.
I cannot seem to wrap my mind around how anyone could begin to take the lives of children. Those who know me, know that I adore small children and animals. Even though, I have never taken the plunge into parenthood, I love and care for each and everyone of the children who have come into my life, whether they be family or the children of my friends.
I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of pain and suffering these families are going through this holiday season as well. It puts a lot into perspective this time of year as well, the next time I see any of my friends’ or relatives’ children, I swear I will hug them so tightly and just be thankful that they are still here.
My thoughts are with all of you in Newtown, and with all of us in America as well. Something has to give, our kids are our future and we need to protect them with all we can, because they are helpless and innocent and cannot protect themselves.
In Memory of All Those Lost in Today’s Tragedy
I enjoyed myself so much when I helped with Thanksgiving Dinner at the homeless shelter, that I have decided that I want to spend more time giving back to others.
I have already signed up to help out once again on Christmas Eve, and I have been giving some thought to maybe taking on a small child with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. There are so many kids in need of good adult guidance, I hope that I can maybe make a difference in someone’s life.
I would greatly encourage any and all of my readers to get involved and “Pay it Forward”, it is really good for the soul.
This is an amazing quote by Victor Hugo, taken from one of my favorite books to read, Les Miserables. I came across this on Facebook the other day, and I think that no other time is more fitting to share this than now. Especially with everyone who has been deeply impacted with this horrible storm on the East Coast. So remember everyone, even when it seems that you are at your weakest, the sun will rise. Everything will be alright, you are strong and you can make it through!
I am very concerned for many of my friends and family living on the East Coast this weekend. They are now calling Hurricane Sandy a “Franken-storm”. I have people that I care about all along the coast, especially in Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.
President Obama has already declared a state of emergency, and he is advising people to evacuate. He has been saying that if they don’t make you evacuate, to please do so anyway. I cannot help but to agree with him.
After seeing what happened in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, I get very nervous whenever these powerful storms come barreling down on Urban areas with high population. I not only worry about the people, but I also worry about the pets as well.
If you evacuate from the path of the storm, please remember to bring your four-legged family members as well! They need to be protected too. If you are not evacuating, please board up your windows and stay safe!