For Our Children’s Children

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Entire school districts are being shut down for the next couple of days due to threats. My children’s district…two schools are on lockdown while the school my kids go to has beefed up their on-site police.

Pranks? Probably. Some stupid kids knowing how fragile we all are right now thinking it would be funny.

It’s not.

It’s not funny at all.

This is emotional terrorism.

It’s working. My kids are scared shitless. I hope you…you who are doing this to them…are happy. You’ve won today.

The past week has been emotionally exhausting for our nation. We are scared and sad. We are trying to recover…together.

And now this.

All across the country, schools are being threatened.

Our children’s security being taken away.

Our children’s safety being put at risk.

Our children’s faith in everything being tested.

When I was young and scared, I’d talk to my mom.

She’d always reassure me and promise me things would be ok, nothing bad was going to happen.

And, you know what?

I believed her with all of my heart.

Because my mom was always right. Nothing bad really did ever happen. And if it did, it always got better.


When my kids were young, they’d be scared and come to tell me.

I’d reassure them and they’d believe me.

Because I believed what my mom told me. Things always got better and the only fear was that of the unknown.

I’d tell my children that things were going to be fine. And they usually always were.

So, they believed me.

Because we believe in our parents and we trust that they know what they are talking about.

Now, because of how much society seems to have changed over the course of my children’s young life…they have a hard time believing me when I tell them that things always end up just fine.

Because there are so many bad things that have been happening.

This has taken away our power, the power of parents, to reassure our children.

It has taken away our power to reassure our children that there is no such thing as the Boogeyman.

It has taken away our power to reassure our children that the good guys always win.

And it’s taken away our faith and belief that things really do turn out fine.

This makes me so angry.

I just want to be able to tell my children that everything turns out OK.

And I want to believe it and I want my children to know it.

This needs to be fixed.


Let’s find a way to fix this.

If not for us than for our children’s children.

So that, once again, children can believe that their parents are right and the good guys DO win.




  1. says

    I have had several conversations with my kids about everything that has happened and have done my best to reassure them that all will be well.

    I can say it with a straight face because I am convinced that it will be for most of us, but I won’t lie and say that sometimes I don’t worry or wonder because I do.

    But all I can do is look at statistics and remind myself that even during horror like Newtown we find examples of good people such as the teachers who did all they could to protect the kids.

    After that it is just a matter of faith that things will work out.
    Jack´s last blog post ..A Letter To My Children- Things That Matter

  2. says

    Schools all around me in mid-Michigan have been closing and it’s terrible the reasons why. It’s all because kids are making some terrible choices, making threats, and causing paranoia. I am sick of it… I don’t know what to do and honestly there probably isn’t anything that I can do.

    I’m hoping that with time things settle down and get back to normal.
    Jackie´s last blog post ..#HolidayAvocado Twitter Party with Girls Lunch Out

  3. says

    We haven’t had any threats, thankfully. There are some f*cked up people out there who prey on all of our insecurities, and with the fragile state our minds are in, it’s like open season! My 6yo woke up with a fever this morning, and I was actually grateful to have an excuse to keep him home from school.
    Nicole H´s last blog post ..The Most Real Things…

  4. says

    It’s awful. Our district sent out an email on Sunday saying they were investigating a threat that occurred FRIDAY MORNING (same time as the Newtown shootings). We’re not in CT, but still … unnerving nonetheless. Every district in our entire former STATE is pretty much on lockdown tonight.

    My mother told me the other night that she is glad we (my brother and I) are adults now and that she’s very glad she isn’t raising us as a single parent in these times. So sad … all of it.

  5. says

    I’m so glad my kids are out of high school right now. It doesn’t protect them from threats at college or work, but it’s one less thing I have to worry about.
    Tara R.´s last blog post ..Pretty in pink