A Mother's Concern

Monday, May 21, 2018

" My wish for you is that you continue to be who and how you are, 
to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." 
- Maya Angelou

This morning I woke up with a heavy heart, with thoughts of the recent high school shooting that occurred a few days ago on May 18th.  I remember coming home right after dropping of the kids at school and the local news revealed that there was a potential shooting situation just 30 miles away from Houston. I immediately felt ill to my stomach and my children's well-being popped right into my head. I couldn't help but to wish that my kids were at home with me at that very moment, giving me piece of mind that nothing in the world had or would harm them. 

Even as I type this, I can't help but to get emotional with tears filled in my eyes. In a place of learning and growth, with exciting activities as the school year is coming to an end, why should the feeling of fear be on our minds. Fear that our schools may not be safe enough, even after the many precautions made to increase safety. The kids take part in not only fire drills, but also drills for escape routes if a violent situation were to unfold on campus. Will this stay the norm? Where I have to hug and kiss my children even closer, even tighter every morning, hoping I will see their sweet faces again when I pick them up from school. They are the sweetest and most loving children without a pinch of hate in their bodies, and they, as well as all children shouldn't have to worry about violence in a place of learning.

I teach Austin & Madison everyday to treat everyone with kindness and respect, to do something helpful daily for someone else.  I want them to spread love and kindness to their peers and educators ... to be a positive example for this world. I think it's amazing that they both want to be scientists when they grow up, for the simple fact of wanting to help others. Their journey should be rich of learning, growth, and support, surrounded by a healthy and safe environment.   

I wasn't sure whether to express my thoughts in today's post, but it's been heavy on my heart and I felt the need to share my concerns. Especially in this new week, where things just didn't feel and look the same in Houston. I really didn't want to let my kids out of the car this morning. I concentrated so deeply into Austin and Madison's faces as they waved and smiled before sending them off to their classes. That image has been embedded in my head all day.  

What can really be done, without turning our school into a complete fortress?! More programs, continued efforts to end bullying, more parent involvement, no backpacks, a strict dress code, what needs to happen? What can we as parents and the community do to make sure that school violence comes to an end?!

My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the Santa Fe High School shootings and I hope they will regain some normalcy in life, trying to enjoy whatever's left of the school year. 

I will continue to be a positive voice in my children's lives and I hope that together as a community, we can promote positivity, love and kindness back into our school systems, so our children can concentrate on being the best they can be, for their future! 

Warmly ~


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