Although the holiday season is in full swing, tragedy struck recently and shook the nation. I really cannot find the words to describe how I feel about what happened and my heart aches for all of the children and families involved in the shooting. As I hold my loved ones extra close, I am once again reminded of how important it is to cherish what I have and not to take anything for granted. I’ll be the first to admit that I love what the holiday’s offer- warm, delicious foods, happy music, lots of presents and decorations. As time passes though, I realize how important it is to spend time with the important people in my life, uphold and create traditions to carry on through the years and truly feel thankful for what I’ve been given. In reflecting on the horrific events that took place in Connecticut, I also remember how important it is to show love and respect for those around me. We can do this in our own lives by teaching our children from a young age to care for themselves and others, and by practicing patience. We can also go the extra mile to keep our families and communities connected, while fostering an atmosphere of “togetherness” for all.
As we celebrate the season this year, I hope we can take a moment to honor those we lost last week and keep the families involved in our thoughts and prayers.