The past few days I have not felt much like blogging. The world has been through too much for some silly post about something beautiful I saw on Pinterest, or our trip out to purchase our Christmas tree (finally) or how my weekend was. Like so many people today, and the last few days, my mind has been swirling around the heartbreak in Connecticut. Last night I dreamt the CT scenario was happening in my own classroom and the love and responsibility I felt towards my little students was enough to wake me up. I know they are not my own but sometimes they sure feel like it. Watching them grow, conquer fears, make new friends, giggle, cry, play, learn and evolve as little people weekly is a joy and privilege I can not even begin to describe. Those teachers at Sandy Hook bring tears to my eyes. The love and courage they showed their kids in the midst of a horrific situation gives me hope that we as people are filled with goodness. It's so easy to talk about all that is wrong with society but I like to think about all that is right. A Mr. Rogers quote has been floating around the internet the past few days and it really is a wonderful reminder that through the bad, good still exists.
"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."