This morning on Facebook, a post appeared on my wall, written by someone I regard as family. Judd is the brother of my son-in-law and as far as I’m concerned, that warrants a family-connection. His words echo what so many of us are feeling after the tragedy last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Allow me to share these eloquent words…from the heart of Judd Weisgal…
I am not a parent. I do not have children. Still, today my heart breaks as a Universal parent. That the children were not of my blood does not make them not of my heart, and the world is emptier today. The world is quieter today. We are missing the laughter and giggles and simple questions asked with sincerity. Today we are all orphans seeking a parent to tell us it will all be alright; someone to hold us and provide explanation and comfort; someone to kiss away the pain. We are all missing the warmth of consistency that is taken for granted daily. We are all missing our gifts. And this time, Santa cannot give us what we want for Christmas.
I am not a parent. I do not have children. Still, I feel a tremendous loss. A crack in my happiness, a long cut aside the hope that sits in front of us each day. And all I can do is hope to seal the crack, and stitch the hope, and not let any more of it spill out into oblivion. For with each drop lost we inch closer to nothingness; a future both intolerable and unacceptable.
I am not a parent. I do not have children. Nonetheless, it is time for all of us to teach our children respect, compassion, dedication, and more so to instill in them inspiration, commitment and tenacity. It is not about America. It is not about guns. It is not about religion, or politics. It is about time that is running out.
We are Universal parents. We ALL have children. We all have responsibility. And today, we are reminded that we are all responsible for the future; each and every one of us, responsible for the outcome of tomorrow.
As a Universal parent, I wonder how my children will grow up?