Monday, July 23, 2012

Dreaming of Fall

it's been a rough weekend. the heat in our town has been sweltering. it's hard to get any work done because of the heat and the depressing news of the movie theatre shooting.

you know, our daughter was supposed to go to a speech conference in Denver. because we couldn't come up with the bucks to pay for it after our Europe adventure we stayed home. it was suggested to me that I sent her alone. that she could bunk with one of the other kids.
well, guess what? turns out that some kids from that conference, a group of 12 kids, happened to be in that movie theatre. one teenager was shot by the gunman. from what i understand this kid is doing okay in the hospital.
imagine that. if i had sent my child to Denver alone this weekend. i would have freaked out.

it's really strange to me how these events keep hitting so close to home. why Colorado? why Denver?

I remember helping at my daugther's school a couple of years ago. all of a sudden the teacher was notified that the police had ordered a school lockdown. we locked the classroom doors and closed the windows and blinds. we huddled with the children behind bookshelves.

turned out that the police saw some kids playing with airsoft guns in the neighborhood. we were safe. it was one of scariest moments in my life.

how can we prevent this terror from happening? i know people keep saying it has nothing to do with the ready availability of guns in this nation. all I know is, if I lived in Germany with my family I would not have to worry about these things as much...

maybe if people watched out more for each other, had more compassion for their neighbor, someone would have noticed that something went terribly wrong in "the suspect's" life?

"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people's children." Lilian Katz

there seem to be no easy answers. just more questions. to stay sane we have to keep going and do regular things. despite the heat i cleaned my house from top to bottom this weekend. i organized my sewing room. i finished my little fall baby doll.

i am dreaming of fall and the better cooler days to come...


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you did not send your daughter to Denver alone! The horror of just having to worry about her until she returned home would have been awful. I love your fall girl. In Chicago, we have had a very hot summer as well. I too am looking forward to the fall!

germandolls said...

Thanks so much, Cristina! Hope you get some cool weather soon. This heat is very trying.