Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting

This tragedy coming out of Virginia Tech today is really disturbing to this mother about to send a son off to college next fall. My heart goes out to all of the families who have received a parent’s worst news—the call that will forever change their lives. It is so hard to hear the news and to know the many young lives cut short today. It’s too soon for more than a few sketchy facts, but in the coming days no amount of exploration as to why will ever make this more than a senseless and immensely tragic loss of life. May those at Virginia Tech find strength in knowing many are sharing in their loss today.


Miss Trashahassee said...

I can't even begin to imagine how those who are directly affected by this are feeling right now.

I share your sentiments, Sheila.

Miss T

Sheila said...

Our whole nation is suffering for the loss these families and the campus is experiencing.

My son Scotty called this afternoon on his way from school to his internship. He'd been in his high school's media center and seen the news. He just needed to talk.

Tonight, as I went into his room to check on him, I said, "You seem so troubled by this." "It's just that most of the people were almost my age and I'm going off to college next fall," he explained. "It's so just sad."

I knew nothing to say or do but hug him.

Marion said...

Words can't express how deeply this act has shocked me. All those young lives...

The young feel so invincible;it is always a tremendous shock when it is rammed home that they are not. And my kids mourned that fact...the "it won't happen to me" thought that disappeared overnight.

Hugging is always centres me when I receive or give one. Take good care of that son of yours...and yourself, Sheila.

Naomi said...

This was such a terrible tragedy Sheila. It was all over the news in England too. I think the main problem is that guns are just too readily available now and there are so many crazy people out there. It must be an awful shock to a lot of young people when they see something like this happen to their peers. It makes you appreciate what you have a lot more. These poor youngsters were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Sounds like you and Scotty have a great relationship Sheila. I can understand how you both feel at this terrible time. It's difficult not to be worried when you hear of something like this but unfortunately we have to soldier on and hope something like this never happens to us or our loved ones. Take care of yourself and Scotty.

Sheila said...

You are so right. We see tragedy come and go and yet most of us do hang in there and deal with what life throws in our paths. And yes, I am thankful for what I have. Scotty and I do have a good relationship, least I think so. I've been privileged to see him grow into a young man. Once upon