I’m having a hard time today coming up with a way to express
how my heart is broken.
But I’m going to try.
Last Saturday my darling 22 year old niece gave birth to a
beautiful baby boy.
Tomorrow we will bury him.
My brother and his family have unexpectedly found themselves
at the bottom of a very dark chasm.They are fighting each day to find the strength to get out of bed and
meet the day.Those of us who love
and cherish them are trying to find our own strength so that we can hold them
in our arms and carry them as far as they will allow.
There are no words, I think, to help them try to make sense
of an unexpected loss.
But tomorrow we will gather at a small country church and search
for words to help a grieving family say goodbye.This will bring a bit of a closure to a very painful
But I know in my heart that this is just the beginning.It’s the beginning of a long and
painful walk out of the dark, dark chasm.I just pray that our love and prayers will light their torches,
strengthen their gait and help them find their way.
I was sitting at my kitchen table tonight working on lesson
plans for the week. I like to work with the television on because for SOME
crazy reason I am used to background noise.My attention turned to the show 60 Minutes, and I was captivated by the
story of Frank Hall.
You don’t know who Frank Hall is?That’s a shame, because frankly he’s the man we should all
be celebrating, applauding, honoring and emulating.He’s the man that saved many lives after the horrible
shooting at Shardon High School on February 27, 2012.He’s the man that chased a shooter down the hallways of his
school- HIS SCHOOL- and managed to get the shooter out of the building before
he caused any more horrific damage. Then, he returned to the cafeteria and held
the hands of three young men as they breathed their last and joined the
That’s who Frank Hall is.
But that’s not all that he is.I would tell you the rest of his story, but instead I will
tell you to head over to the 60 minute website and watch the video for
yourself.Trust me on this one.
As I wipe the tears from my face I feel an incredible need
to shout the words that he so eloquently said in this interview with Scott
Pelley.He said, in so many words, “We need to protect our schools.Our SCHOOLS should be the most important thing in this country…not Wall
Street, not capital hill….but our schools.”
And what do I want to say to Frank Hall?Frank, your name is the name we should
all recognize.Not Donald Trump,
not Chris Christie, not George Clooney, Matt Damon or even Hilary Clinton.We should ALL be talking about Frank Hall.
He’s the one whose words and actions are making sense in
this crazy, painful world.