It has been awhile since I’ve posted. Suffice it to say that Life happened once again priorities shifted to give time to family. I’m joyful in being able to be a part of an extended family who I can share with, endure with and celebrate with.
I’m finding that I can now resume some of my previous routines, one of which is posting here. On the last leg of our car trip last year, we managed to drive the Highway to the Sun in Glacier National Park on the last day the road was open before closing for the season. The workers at the Welcome/Information Center were scrambling to pack everything and “get off the mountain.” One of the oncoming storm images my husband captured remains with me:
There is a storm a’ coming. You can see it, feel it, taste it. It is frightening in its awesome sense of power and carelessness of the lives it will touch and impact. There appears that there is nothing an individual can do to change any aspect that the storm will wrought on those in its path..
Here’s the storm that was presented yesterday afternoon in my home state:
- Marysville, WA. I cried as I read the news reports coming out every few minutes. The absolute burden of horrific change for so many people. No going back and changing the outcome, no ability to pretend another school shooting had not occurred.
Unlike the storm clouds in Glacier National Park–we CAN DO something about our community of children. We can stand up as individuals, as members of groups to DEMAND that we build safe communities based upon the acknowledgment of the following:
3. social equality
4. restorative justice
5. expectation of a non-violent, peaceful-seeking communityDo you notice that guns were not mentioned in the above list? When we yell at each other about the right to bear arms and who can do that and what arms we can bear–we allow ourselves to deviate from the underlying issues–we allow ourselves to blame the politicians and the Big Money for our school shootings.
WE can change our communities–each community, one at a time. Changing the expectation of safety and belonging. WE can do this.
When we see our storm clouds and know that we need to provide safe shelter for all, the gun issue will be a next civilized step in providing the world we need for healthy children.
Be gentle with your children–life is full of storm clouds.