Heartsick

In the aftermath of the shooting of 20 young children and six educators, anguish. My response is visceral, I cannot really process it intellectually.

If you would like to talk about gun control and related issues, join the conversation going on right now at the In Box. If you are interested in an article on gun control and conversation inspired by that article, go to a post I put up earlier this month in this blog.

However, if you simply want a place to share your condolences, sadness or other thoughts about the tragedy in Connecticut, feel free to comment here. Sometimes community is just being there for each other.

I am so sad for those who lost children and family members yesterday. So sad.

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  1. Bob Falesch says:

    France souviens-toi” – France remembers you.

    Last night a friend posted this pic on Facebook: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelmichaux/2223448006/

    This is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. The memorial depicts a little girl from Alsace, and is meant to imply “Remember that I’m not French anymore.” Alsace was annexed in 1871 by Germany and held until after WWI when it reverted back to France in 1919.

    My friend Michael posted this pic but with no comment whatsoever. I was so moved by it I felt compelled to do some research where I learned the above facts. Only then, after maybe fifteen minutes and some reflection, did it dawn on me that he might be making a memorial to the twenty murdered children of yesterday in Connecticut. How glorious is it that this 19th-C designer gave the impression of the little girl, not quite finishing the final word (the letter “I” is only partially engraved), as though frozen in time; as memories, indeed, are; as though there is still work undone.

    What a poetic gesture by Michael, who was perhaps saying “the entire country will remember and honor you.” How very poetic — great poetry does not immediately reveal itself.

  2. Bob Falesch says:

    Once again, but with the correct html tags (duh)

    France souviens-toi” – France remembers you.

    Last night a friend posted this pic on Facebook: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelmichaux/2223448006/

    This is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. The memorial depicts a little girl, from Alsace, and is meant to imply “Remember that I’m not French anymore” as Alsace was annexed in 1871 by Germany and held until after WWI when it reverted back to France in 1919.

    My friend Michael posted this pic but with no comment whatsoever. I was so moved by it I felt compelled to do some research where I learned the above facts. Only then, after maybe fifteen minutes and some reflection, did it dawn on me that he might be making a memorial to the twenty murdered children of yesterday in Connecticut. How glorious that this 19th-C designer gave the impression of the little girl, not quite finishing the final word (the letter “I” is only partially engraved), as though frozen in time; as memories, indeed, are; as though there is still work undone.

    What a poetic gesture by Michael, who was perhaps saying “the entire country will remember and honor you.” How very poetic, as great poetry does not immediately reveal itself.