I had a great day on Friday. I had taken the day off to spend with my parents. I got a new haircut in the morning, then we went to see the Hobbit, followed by a visit to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. And so it wasn’t until we were on our way to a special dinner that night that news of what had happened in Newtown, CT started seeping in. I know that life goes on and I know that one of the ways to honor lives lost is to celebrate living, but still it felt strange having such a nice day in the midst of such national sorrow.
Tomorrow, I’ll give you the play by play of that fabulous dinner that we had, but today is not the day.
During “10 Days of Thanksgiving,” I mentioned that one of the things I’m most thankful for is my capacity to give. There has been so much tragedy lately and if you have been spared then you have been given that great gift too; the ability to help. So please use your voices your votes and your dollars to demand a ban on assault weapons and tougher gun legislation, greater funding and awareness of mental illness and to combat our countries love affair with and desensitization to violence so that no family ever has to suffer like the families in Newtown, CT. Here’s a quick way to start, sign a whitehouse.gov petition, but please don’t let it end there; this fight is far from over.
Amen, Alli. I appreciate that so many people have been affected by this event and are sharing their sadness online. I wish they would turn that into action – it’s EXACTLY what our country needs in order to prevent it from happening again.
Great post, Alli! A call to action is exactly what many of us need…
I’m still kind of in shock about this – I just keep thinking about all the families who will have gifts under the tree for a child who is no longer here, and how residents of Newtown are going to be going to be going to funerals for a month straight. Thanks for this reminder for action in the face of all the hurt.