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  •  I know 6 & 7 yr. olds, I have an 11 yr. old and a (2+ / 0-)
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    20 yr. old daughter with autism and intellectual disability.  My 11 yr. old had to sleep with me for 3 nights before she could fall asleep alone again.  She shouldn't have to know that something like what happened in Newtown could happen to her because she goes to school.  My 20 yr. old doesn't communicate well and is the most trusting soul I know.  Every time I allow her out the door I hold my breath and pray that she is safe.  School was one of the places I felt she was safe when she wasn't in my sight.  

    I live in CT.  My trust and any illusion that my kids are safe has been shattered.  A few days after the shooting 4 fire trucks and an ambulance raced by my house with lights and sirens on.  I had to talk myself down from thinking the worst.

    No innocent life should be so brutally extinguished.  The ripple effects from this tragedy are enormous and long lasting.  

    We are experiencing home grown terrorism in this country and we are destroying ourselves from within.  Americans need to take a good long look in the mirror and make some big changes.

    You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Foundmyvoice on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:50:39 AM PST

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    •  Great comment. I feel for you. (0+ / 0-)

      We were able to keep this away from our seven-year old. It must be very difficult to be so close to the scene.

      •  It is. Living in a very Blue CT, I mistakenly (1+ / 0-)
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        felt safer due to the laws on the books.  When tragedies like this happen, it shakes your whole worldview about the things you trust or tade for granted.

        I'm glad your 7 yr old can hold onto childhood and innocence a little longer.

        We have to make every day count and show those we love how much they mean to us.

        Thanks for the conversation.

        You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Foundmyvoice on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:15:30 AM PST

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