I know it's hard on a day like this to think of holidays and celebration. My heart aches and I am haunted by the photos of small children holding hands being led out of their school by police, their innocence shaken and probably gone forever. I'm also saddened by the photos of young parents hugging each other in parking lots, overcome with grief. Of President Obama tearing up at a press conference not as an elected official, but as a parent putting himself in their place. It's all a lot to stomach and hopefully this moment will be the moment that calls for changed legislation and help for those who are mentally ill and unstable.
In spite of this, and maybe because of this, I listened to music that cheers me up at the end of the day at work. A brief escape from the stress of today. While this doesn't erase the feelings I'm feeling, it does help alleviate some of that sadness.
I decided on Vince Guaraldi's Ice Skating, since I've always loved A Charlie Brown Christmas, and thought it'd be a nice note to end today on. Kids enjoying wintertimes and feeling carefree, something that every child should have, and sadly a grouping of them lost today.
Hug your loved ones a lot tighter tonight, and be very grateful of everything you have in your life.