Today Is Not The Day

I wrote a post a few days ago, and I was planning on sharing it with everyone tonight.
But today is not the day.
It was about me taking Kyle to pre-school.
I don't feel comfortable or right talking about my child and his school when there are too many people dealing with a parent's worst nightmare tonight.
Today is also not the day to discuss to gun control. Not when hearts need time to heal and it is hard to see anything properly when your eyes are blurred with tears.

So what I am asking today is that you pray to whatever deity you believe in for all those involved, for everyone touched by this senseless tragedy. And hug your loved ones a little longer than usual. Then pray again that this world can good again because on days like today I have a real hard time believing it.

Finally, I read a lot of quotes tonight from people with a lot more wisdom than me but the one that really spoke to me was this one: "There are times when there are too few words left to heal us, when what we wish for is to be carried, when all we have left is the hope that tomorrow will be a more gentle place to land than today."

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


Ms. Moon said…
I don't believe in any deity. I could be wrong. I can't pray though. I can only recognize the fact that human beings can be incredibly fucked up and we always have been and that when we are presented with such proof of that, we can only do what we can do to support love and light and go on.
And that is as profound as I can be.
kden said…
I agree Mr. Shife. Anything said feels unimportant after today. Hold your babies tight tonight :-(
Jon said…
Agreed. I've already hugged Colin enough for him to say "Daddy, stop".
Valerie said…
We are in mourning here, Matthew. It was such terrible news and the third of its kind this year. I fear for the future of mankind. Hug the kids and try to have a happy weekend ... for them.
The older I get the harder it seems to believe in any God. But I do try. My love to you and your family, and to all the bereaved parents.
texlahoma said…
I'm lucky in that I do believe in God, I can't blame a higher power, people have free will, even the crazy and the evil.
I gave my heartfelt opinion in a reply to your comment over on my blog. Your blog is a kinder, gentler place, I respect that.
billy pilgrim said…
it's becoming all too familiar. i'm not much on deities but i'll close my eyes and hope it doesn't happen again. but sadly, it probably will.
Phats said…
Very nice post shife I just wrote on this as well. As a teacher it scares me to death, and ya this one hurt I had to stop watching the coverage. Definitely praying for the families
angel, jr. said…
I haven't stopped thinking about these families or saying small prayers for them.
silly rabbit said…
Said perfectly. I'm on it.
Thinking about this makes my heart hurt for everyone involved.