I used to be notorious for not watching the news and not keeping up with what was going on around me. People would say, "Did you see....?" Nope, sure didn't. Don't watch the news because it's only bad news. Most people would fuss and say that I needed to keep up with what is happening around the world.
When Roxy started school, it began to be a routine. I watch the local news and some of the Today show while getting ready for the day.
A few months ago, I watched the coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting where twenty children were shot and killed. About a month ago, I watched coverage of the Boston bombings where more children were injured. This morning it was coverage of the Oklahoma tornadoes which claimed several lives including twenty plus children trapped in a school. Innocent children whose lives had barely begun.
All of these events make me want to grab my daughter and never let her go. Keep her home with me so that I know she is safe. Even though I know how unrealistic my urge to put her in a bubble is, dropping her off at school this morning was just as hard as it was months ago following the Sandy Hook shooting.
What really shakes me up the most is the fact that every day I take for granted that those I love will be around tomorrow, the next day, and every day after that. That's never a given and I need to learn to cherish every day that I'm given with these that mean so much to me. After all, the best things in life aren't things. My hope is that I can learn from this myself. Begin to slow down and enjoy the time I have with my daughter, my husband and our families. They really are the center of my universe.
My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tornadoes of Oklahoma. May you find peace and never lose hope. We're praying for you!
Help by texting STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army, REDCROSS to 90999 and/or FOOD to 32333 for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.