The events this past Saturday in Connecticut have left me feeling very sad and worried about the future of our children and I'm sure many of you readers have been feeling the same way. Things like this make me stop and think about the things in life that are truly important.
A friend's child noted that just as 26 lives were cut short at Sandy Hook Elementary, there are 26 letters in the alphabet.
And out of a conversation with some blogging friends was born the idea to act in love and remembrance, to overshadow evil with acts of kindness.
In this holiday season, it seems especially appropriate for us to choose to (be the good graphic)
So we each picked a letter.
I chose S. Spending quiet time together.
I was sewing when my 3 year old asked me to play with her. Instead of playing, we laid on the ground with some pillows under the Christmas tree together and picked out our favorite ornaments. I told her who had made which ones. I though about how important it is to just be with each other sometimes. Not doing anything, maybe just looking up at the sky outside or at a Christmas tree together.
As the sister of a boy who was shot down randomly on the street on his way home many years ago, I know how the loss of a loved one can tear apart a family and how important it is to try to see the good in life after an event like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Maybe the only good that comes from losing a loved one tragically is the special awareness it gives to those left behind of how important it is to just spend time with those we love while they are here.
Spending quiet time together during this holiday is something I want to do more of. I also want to pray more. I will try to pray for the families of Sandy Hook.
Here are 26 ideas you can try to pass the love on. Just little things and I'm sure you can think of some things too.....
Here are some other blogs participating in the ABC's of Love project today. Just click on a button to visit and read what they are sharing today.