Grandma Says..

Observations and views from a different set of eyes

I Cry..I Mourn..I Pray

on January 31, 2013


I was having lunch with Danny on December 14, 2012. We were watching the noon edition of the news on the television, when the report of a shooting in Newtown, Ct. was reported. Details were sketchy, but the announcer said that twenty-six people had lost their lives, many of them children.

I set down my glass, grabbed my napkin, and cried. Danny and I were speechless as the report stated that innocent children had lost their lives at the hands of one, evil gunman. I cried.

I looked at Danny; he was sitting, motionless, and tears were streaming down his face. We couldn’t speak, we could only listen and shake our heads in disbelief.

We watched as the video showed small, helpless children being evacuated from the school, with their hands raised in the air and terrified looks on their faces. I cried.

We saw frightened parents outside the school, waiting for word of their children, not knowing if they were dead or alive. I cried.

As the days passed, we watched as the reports came in about the heroics of the principal and the teachers, who lost their lives trying to protect their students and I wept.

Then, the mourning began. I mourned for the unbelievable loss of these twenty-six precious lives.

I mourned for the parents, I mourned for the families, and I mourned for the nation.

Time will pass and we will all move on, as difficult as that is to believe right now, and as hard as this horrifying event is to accept. But, we will never forget and that is right.

Now, I pray. I pray that these angels in heaven will watch over us and feel the love we send their way, in our thoughts and prayers.

I pray that the parents, families and the nation will begin to heal.

And, I pray that nothing like this ever happens again.

God hold you tight, sweet angels! Rest in peace.

2 responses to “I Cry..I Mourn..I Pray

  1. johnlmalone says:

    a very moving blog. I live in Australia and we were very disturbed by this event also. In 1996, I think, we had our own mass shootings at Port Arthur 9 36 were killed ] and because of that our government had a massive buy back scheme and banned assualt weapons of all kinds. Since that tragic day we have had NOT ONE similar event. I’m not saying this is the answer in the US but so far it has worked for Australia

    • Thank you so much for your comment. I am neither pro or con regarding gun control. Both sides have valid points.

      Thank you also for sharing the fact that the US is not the only country who felt the loss of these children and teachers.

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