For years I've been joking about life as we know it ending in December 2012 - and never once did I believe it actually would - but the world did end for dozens of families from Newtown, CT, this past Friday.
As a parent to an infant, a toddler and a five-year-old, I can't imagine - I can't fathom - being one of the twenty sets of parent who dropped their child off at a safe, secure school and who later received the worst imaginable phone call.
Why are we going wrong - as a people?
Along with the shooter's mother and six adult women, twelve girls and eight boys, all aged six or seven years old were murdered Friday.
SIX and SEVEN years old....
Guys, where are we going wrong - as a nation?
There is NO political agenda here and I don't have the answers.
All I can say is that I grew up in the '70s, and it was safer. All us kids knew each other and the other parents smacked us as needed - and all because our communities were tight-knit - but they're not anymore.
"Social" media may be a part of it - and here I am using Blogger to help clear my thoughts, but again, I have no idea how WE can change.
I do know, however, I'm going to do my best to be a better neighbor and a bigger part of my community.
I'm going to screw the carbon footprint and work harder to pay it forward.
I'm going to leave behind a loving hand print the next time I shake a soldier's hand after buying him lunch, or get a high five from a parent who's helping me coach my son's T-ball league.
The world will not end on Friday, but it will, it will as dozens of funerals are held in Newton around the same time frame this weekend.
Lord, please let us never forget the twenty angels and the women who were taken so sooner than anyone should have wanted.
Lord, be with their parents, their loved ones, and Lord, please grant the strength to those who read this to step forward in thier own communities.
This has to stop - and WE can stop it - if we believe we can.