better than this

My heart is heavy for the families and children in the little town in Texas that experienced such violence and heartbreak on Sunday.  It is an indescribable loss of innocence that unfortunately is happening far too often in today’s world.

Before hearing any of this devastating news, I had been leafing through a toy catalogue that had arrived in the mail.

Center fold of the catalogue was a display of toy assault weapons – more than ten versions we could purchase for our children to play with – to pretend with.

To pretend?

Pretend what?

With names like Rival Nemesis (fully motorized – 100 rounds), Big Shock Blaster, Doomlands Persuader, Elite Hyperfire, Elite Retaliator Blaster –  it leaves little to one’s imagination.

I know we can choose better than this for our children, for our families, for our communities, for our future.

We can choose to spend time in the out-of-doors – hiking and appreciating the natural world.  We can play together, eat together, read together, talk together, sing together, laugh together, BE together.

As parents, we can share with our children, not the strength and power of a big shock blaster, but the strength and power and wonder of life.

Heartfelt condolences to the entire community of Sutherland Springs

 

 

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