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In the wake of a tragedy….

In the wake of a tragedy…

On Friday, the Marti Hampton team conducted business as usual.  For some of us, the news of the shooting in Newtown, CT was just that: news.  It came as a shock to us all — some of us were discussing how in the world or why something like this could happen, others went back conducting our busy day in the office.  I know for even more of us, we intentionally did not stop our day to examine the details of the headline because of the mere fact of how it would affect our ability to work.  For me, at least, this was the reason.

So, as my day was coming to a close, I turned to the local news website to read up on what had happened.  I’m thankful that I had waited. The visions of what first-responders most-likely saw as they entered Sandy Hook Elementary still haunts me today. Most of us here are parents. Some of us are parents of young ones, similar in age to the ones that attend Sandy Hook. Regardless of parental status, I know that we are all struck hard with the reality of it all.  I’m sure all of us went home that night and “hugged our children more tightly”.

In the wake of it all, we want to express our condolences and prayers to the families in CT and around the world who are touched by this event. We cannot imagine the pain and suffering that these families are going through, but we can imagine the good that will come out of it. I am more patient, more understanding, and more intentional with my children and those around me. In the words of Mr. Rogers’ mother, I will “look for the helpers”, and this is what I have told my children.

“When I was a boy and  I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for  the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day,  especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I  am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many  caring people in this world.

-Fred Rogers

And instead of celebritizing the villain, we want to recognize and lift up the angels and heros. Only then can we move forward and learn from this experience.  You are all in our thoughts….

1. Charlotte Bacon (DOB 2/22/06)

2. Daniel Barden (9/25/05)

3. Rachel Davino (7/17/83)

4. Olivia Engel (7/18/06)

5. Josephine Gay (12/11/05)

6. Ana M. Marquez-Greene (4/4/06)

7. Dylan Hockley (3/8/06)

8. Dawn Hocksprung (6/28/65)

9. Madeleine F. Hsu (7/10/06)

10. Catherine V. Hubbard (6/8/06)

11. Chase Kowalski (10/31/05)

12. Jesse Lewis (6/30/06)

13. James Mattioli (3/22/06)

14. Grace McDonnell (11/04/05)

15. AnneMarie Murphy (07/25/60)

16. Emilie Parker (5/12/06)

17. Jack Pinto (5/6/06)

18. Noah Pozner (11/20/06)

19. Caroline Previdi (9/7/06)

20. Jessica Rekos (5/10/06)

21. Avielle Richman (10/17/06)

22. Lauren Russeau (6/1982)

23. Mary Sherlach (2/11/56)

24. Victoria Soto (11/4/85)

25. Benjamin Wheeler (9/12/06)

26. Allison N. Wyatt (7/3/06)


The following link lists some ways to talk to your children about tragedy and how you can help the Sandy Hook community.

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