Monday, April 15, 2013
Boston Marathon Tragedy
This morning my mother called me to tell me that she and my sister had booked to run their first 1/2 marathon together later this year. My mom is a seasoned marathon runner and so it was exciting to hear that my sister would join her.
This afternoon there were at least two explosions that went off during the Boston Marathon. An 8 year old died. Over a hundred injured- the numbers keep increasing. My little baby will be 8 this year so this really really hits home.
I didn't hear about it right away- I was at a field trip chatting with other homeschool mothers - we talked about social media and technology and the world our kids were going to grow up in. A world where there was uncertainty and violence and information- lots of information- but sometimes not enough wisdom.
My children won't know about this tragedy. We do not watch television and they are not online on their own. And I am thankful I can protect them from this- thankful that I can shield them - even if only a little bit for a little while- from some of the ways evil portrays itself.
One of my go-to parenting books that is in my shelf is Simplicity Parenting and I love this book for so many reasons but i think my favorite part is when the author Kim John Payne discucsses why it is important to shield our children from the evil and the ugly in the world- since it is so elequently expressed in this book I will not try to restate it here- but basically the idea is that childhood is a special opportunity and should be cherished as they will grow up too soon. The wonderment and beauty of the world should not be tarnished for them by the grown up fears and issues.
So I will not tell my children- but I will hug them a little closer and read and extra story tonight. I will pray for those who were killed and injured and their families.
And I will wonder- what has happened to our world? Another senseless tragedy- it is just so heartbreaking.