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Email from a Co-Worker, Massacre 5 miles from their home

I had today off from work, but I have been known to check my email and open it when it comes from someone who would do the same for me.

While leaving the post office, where it cost more to send the presents than to buy them, but that is another post....I checked my email and saw a note and a link to a story about trouble at an elementary school.

The elementary school attacked today where 26 people lost their lives is 5 miles from his house, where he works.  His kids go to school one town over. As co-workers send warm thoughts and eleoquent replies I stood in a stunned silence.  HOW? WHY? Is this another act of terror?

I rushed home to get near to a television.  I watched for an inexplicably long time as they told me nothing very much reminded me of the numbness I felt on Sept 11, 2001.  Watching in horror as the death toll climbed from 8 to 20 children.  September 11th was worse for many reasons.  In the tower attacks you could see the horror unfolding and the numbers of people were so much higher. 

That said, I have not been able to take a full breath since this story broke.  Babies were killed today.  Little lives snuffed out for no reason.  This senseless act will stay with us all forever. 

Those mothers and fathers who dropped their kids off at schooltoday, just like we did.  Going about the hustle and bustle of work and preparations for Christmas, just like we did.  Only their lives will never be the same.  In a much smaller way, neither will ours.

My heart breaks for those families.  The pain they must be feeling is beyond my comprehension.  For my friend who originally sent me the link,  I am sorry I could not think of anything profound to say.  I hope that by some miracle you, your family, and community find some way to heal from this tragedy.

To everyone reading this note, please take time today to tell those you love how you feel.  Life is short. 

God Bless Us Everyone.....

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