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Another shooting

So once again I find myself listening to the news about yet another shooting at a mall.  It seems like every day it’s something else, somewhere else.  My daughter spends a lot of time walking around our local mall with her friends.  Should I be worried?  She goes to school everyday an apparently popular place for shootings as well, should I be worried? She is getting ready for a school trip soon, going to the airport – should I be worried?

All of these places I cannot protect her but what to do?  Do I keep her at home all the time? Homeschooling, shopping online, virtual travel?  I want her to live the life of a normal teenager but unfortunately there are people out there who are not normal and want to go out with a blaze of glory and take whoever they can with them.  It angers me and makes me sad at the same time.

I cannot control these people or their actions obviously but I can control me.  As much as I would like to shelter my child from all of the bad things in the world I know I cannot.  But I can make the most of the time I do have with her and try and live every day like there may not be another.  I will try to make every day a good day for her by not putting my issues and fears on her.  By not putting her in the middle of any problems that may occur with her father.  By not being negative in front of her.  By setting a good example of how to live your life in a positive way no matter what may occur. 

I encourage anyone reading this to hug the ones you love a little tighter – it’s not just the people out there who wish to do us harm – anything could happen at anytime for any reason – so spread the love.  Make that your blaze of glory.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart”

Helen Keller

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