This is how one email begain when I opened my inbox today:
This was a hard day telling Michael about what happened before knowing names. He is handling it well by asking thoughtful questions and knows that there are kids in heaven with Orazio(grandfather), Ricardo (horse), Elmo (fish), and his hermit crab.
Michael is the grandson of a friend of mine who just earlier that week attended a birthday party of one of the children who was killed in the tragedy at the elementary school and who also attended CCD (Catholic school) classes at his church taught by the mother of the same child. The wife of my friend who sent this email, who is also a friend of ours, is a nurse and was at the hospital working with a father, a NICU Physicians Assistant who has save so many babies lives, when he learned that his daughter had been shot at the school. This is the little blonde girl whose face has appeared in so many news stories. These tragic waves keep on expanding.
This is such a tough holiday season for us all. I took an unplanned trip up to see my grandchildren on Sunday...just to hug them and see them.