Yesterday’s nightmare at Chardon High School can not be forgotten – ever. Innocence was taken that will never be regained. Memories of laughter and learning and life will now be overshadowed by death, fear and despair.
These people are my neighbors. I have seen these smiling children. I have met their educators who became their protectors. I will never know, however, the sorrow and pain the families, friends, staff and children will carry with them. Highschool memories forever overshadowed by this tragedy.
In tears, I write this article. My child returned from school yesterday and I held him close and told him how dearly I loved and cherished him. I phoned my oldest and told him he was my gift. Our children ARE our gifts. Pay tribute to Chardon High School by never letting the sadness we feel today fade from our memories. Keep the children alive of Chardon by remembering your love for your own family. What can our beloved do to make us, their parents and guardians, forget how we felt when they were born? Remember that joy and appreciation throughout their lives. Never let them forget that you will always love them and protect them and nurture them.
Lastly, try to forgive the child responsible, if you can find a way. Forgiveness is a gift as well. What do we know of him – he, too, is only a child. What happened in his life? What pain did he feel? Something drastic caused his actions. We are angry and can not comprehend, but, he too, was once a baby with a bright future ahead, and his life is now over as well, in other ways. His family is in pain also.
Life is as precarious as it is precious. It has been said many times that we know not what will happen tomorrow. We can, however, plan for today. Regardless of how hectic, overwhelming and unpredictable life can be – we can control one thing. That is the love of family. Be certain your children know you will always love them – no matter what.
Peace to all.