On November 14th, a student walked into Saugus High School and shot five people. You’ve all read the headlines. This was not my daughter’s school. Her school was on lock down a mere four miles away but in Santa Clarita, many of the students know each other, It’s a very tight-knit community. Through sports, theatre, choir, church we know these people.
One of the girls from my youth group texted me to tell me her sister had been shot. She is going to be okay. But everyone is traumatized by this. It’s all too real, and too close and we keep asking ourselves, when it’s going to end.
The students, faculty, staff and first responders on the scene, three of which were dropping off their own kids, were so brave that day. They did all the right things. My heart goes out to all of them and my heart aches for the families who lost their loved ones. No one should ever have to get that text or that call or see their child on the news.
It angers me beyond what I am capable of describing here.
Heading to church right now. Later, a vigil has been planned for the evening and I’ll be there volunteering in some way.
Schools were closed after the shooting and through last Friday but with schools back in session this week it’s going to be tough. Plus, it is production week for Macbeth. I have no idea if it will go on as scheduled.
I am reading a great book right now. It is taking my mind off of everything, Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. I am also doubling up on my scripture reading.
I’ve been watching the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. It’s not something I have ever watched before. I always thought the programming was too sappy for my tastes but let me tell you, it’s cozy and warm and makes you feel good. Everyone needs this right now.
New Things I’ve Tried:
Saying no. I’m getting good at it.
My daughter’s safety and the safety of her immediate friends.
Very grateful that the community has come together to support the families affected. We’ve had fires, many, and so many are still dealing with that nightmare but this, this is just heartbreaking.