I didn't feel the heaviness until I actually entered my classroom. We kept the same routines and scheduled and saved time later in the day to talk about about the loss of 20 children and 7 adults and how Newtown, CT is changed forever.
I believe it's safe to say we are all changed.
One of our students sobbed while we showed the CNN video which was a lesson designed for students as a way to talk about the tragedy. So visibly heartbroken, this young adolescent exclaimed: "I don't want to talk or see or think about this anymore."
A parent called and the first thing he said was, "Hey Ms. Naputi. How are you holding up? How are all you teachers doing there?" That lump in my throat - the one I carried as I walked into the class, returned. I heard it said that the blood relatives of kindness are compassion and consideration. I certainly felt that from this parent.
And from all our students on our team - I felt their heaviness and saw their faces when we showed the slideshow of those sweet lovely children.
I'm exhausted today, but I'm going to rally. Tomorrow is a new day with renewed hope and optimism that our nation is going to get better - I won't bring up the issues now because I'm still grieving and thinking about the children, the teachers, the school psychologist and the principal. I'm still praying for the families and the community of Newtown. But soon, I will write what I believe must be done so that this horrific event is never, ever repeated. Ever again. Ever.
Blessings to us all.