Who knew there would be a Monday in mid-December that would feel far scarier than the first day of school? Today was the 74th day of Kindergarten, but it was also the first day of school since the horrible events unfolded in Newtown, since our whole world changed. Even though my son attends elementary school hundreds of miles from CT, it was very hard to drop him off at school today and it will be hard again tomorrow.
For my son who has no idea what happened last Friday, it was just another Monday morning. He wanted the weekend to last longer but quickly got into his uniform and school mode. I was the one who prolonged breakfast until we missed the bus and then kept dragging my feet until we arrived 2 minutes late, our first unexcused tardy of the school year.
I know I was not the only nervous parent this morning. There were millions of others across the country wondering if we should keep their little ones safe at home. As soon as I was back in my car after dropping him off, I scoured my twitter feed for emergencies around the county, state, country. I saw mentions of scares but none close by. Of course, if we are all jumpy, there will be more scares and we will need to learn to manage those too.
Nobody knows what the coming weeks will bring, but hopefully we will all begin to heal over the winter break and be a little stronger in the New Year. It helped to hear President Obama speak so directly to parents and promise real and meaningful action to prevent these kinds of horrors from happening again. I know there are millions of people who will join me in working to make sure these changes are strong and lasting. It is the least we can do .
Also – I wrote a piece that ran on the Jewish Daily Forward’s “Forward Thinking” blog about the Jewish angle on the stories about Newtown. Thanks to the Forward for the opportunity to share my thoughts with their readers. I wish everyone a calm and quiet week!