I spoke about it briefly but I want it to be super clear that as a parent I can’t imagine sending my kids off to school and someone coming into the school and taking my children’s lives. I can’t! It hurts that parents are having to deal with this. After the Parkland shooting it has left me numb. I felt numb after all of these rash of shootings to be honest. I am tired of being numb. I wished that no child had to fear for their lives. If you watched the videos that arose after the Parkland shooting, hearing the gun go off, hearing those babies cry and scream in terror, it hurts all of us.
Regardless of where you fit in all of this, the fact still remains that 17 families had to feel yet another impact of gun violence. I could debate either way on the scale but none of that will bring back those lives that were taken. They were taken. Young people who had bright futures ahead of them are gone. As a parent it makes me re-evaluate what I do with my kids. I stopped worrying less about if the house was super tidy in the morning over telling my kids I love them and making sure they are secure. I wasn’t worried if everything was perfect. In our home we strive to love on them instead of worrying about a few meltdowns. We stopped worrying about if everything ran according to schedule and focused on who mattered.
Today my family and I was interviewed about how we feel about all Parkland and school safety. I don’t feel like my kids are super safe regardless of the extra additives in place. People are dangerous period. So now I spend my time making my mornings and my time with them in general is solid. Making sure I can always say that as a husband and wife team we make sure we treat each morning as if it was their last. Nothing else outside of that matters.
The experience of even being interviewed has pulled on my heart-strings. I spoke to Anna twice and I remember the first time having tears in my eyes. This isn’t just about getting a story out. I practice what I say everyday. We huddle as a family in the mornings. We do our best not to be in such a rush…….
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Here is a look at the article written by Philadelphia Inquirer, Anna Orso