A few additional words from Cookistry:
I waffled a little about whether I wanted to post this. Not that I don't feel great sympathy for those affected, but I wondered if this would actually help anyone.
Then I thought about my own situation and how the words of strangers gave me such great comfort. Knowing that my friends' circles of friends might be giving me even the most glancing thoughts of goodwill made me feel better. So even though this post may never be seen by anyone personally affected, I believe it has value.
While this tragedy is very much on our minds and all of the events were - and are continuing to be - very public, my thoughts always wander to the people who aren't getting the media attention. At the same time the hurricane hit the East Coast, I had friends struggling from other tragedies in much quieter ways in other areas of the country.
Today we mourn all these children, but I have a friend whose grandchild was just rushed to the hospital and is in the ICU and the outcome is uncertain. I'm writing this from a hospital room, and all around are people whose lives are at risk, families who cling to shreds of hope, and others who sigh with relief at good news.
Those people don't make the news.
So while you're thinking about the people involved in this very public tragedy, think also about the others who have less media attention - the children in hospital wards right in your own community, the families living in shelters because their homes were destroyed in small fires, or your neighbors who might appreciate a friendly face and an offer to shovel snow or pick up some groceries.
We can't avert every tragedy. And as much as we wish we could, we as individuals we can't comfort every person in need. But as a group, I do believe there is plenty of kindness and caring and love in the world. We just need to be open to it, and share it with others, whether those people are near or far; friends, family, or strangers. We can make a difference and change lives.
And we can remember.
Wishing you peace and hoping you find joy,