I was going to post this on Thursday, but the tragic murders of students and teachers in Broward County, Florida left me speechless and grieving. Oh, yeah, I joined in a few “debates” about what we should do about these recurring murders, but the grief I feel for these families who have lost their loved ones so senselessly is beyond words. Hearing so many of the adults in the room defend the gun is mind-boggling, but the voices of the kids who are crying out for us to do something is clear. We need to do something to keep our schools safe. I just don’t know what, though.
When I was working as a school nurse, I came across some pretty fucked-up kids. Sometimes I got a little scared that we were going to end up in a shooting situation. Would I have been a hero? I have no idea. I’m thankful that it was not required of me, but I had a spot picked out where I would hide, and would have been safer than the kids in their classrooms. We need to Do Something. Listen to the children, hear them. What can we do to help? Let’s do it.
So, it seems a little trite, but this is what we did last week…
We finished up the Stairway Remodel…
Pretty neat, huh? I’m off to Amazonia this morning to enjoy the warmth and the Orchids. I’d love to see some of you there!! Even if I’m not present during your visit, I know the monkeys would be happy to see you!