Like the rest of the nation, my thoughts find themselves in Sandy Hook.
Mr. Rogers said it best. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."
I think of the twenty children who died that day and want to do something to honor them. I want to remember the brave teachers who hid children in locked closets and bathrooms and kept their fears at bay by reading stories. I imagine their forced cheerfulness and singsong voices that masked their own fear. I want to honor these heroes, too.
I purchase twenty children’s books and donate them to a local pediatric clinic.