As I dropped Chase and Ryder off at school today, the morning after the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary school, I lingered and watched them as they ran into their classrooms. It felt like all of the parents and caregivers stood by at drop off this morning for a little longer. Like so many of you, my heart is hurting for so many reasons.
I am a mother to three boys and it’s impossible not to imagine my children in that Robb Elementary classroom. It’s a nightmare and yet it’s reality and it’s horrifying. I keep thinking about the horror the little children and teachers experienced yesterday afternoon. I think about the trauma that will follow those who survived. I cry for the families directly impacted by this tragedy who lost their perfect, precious babies. I ache thinking about the siblings of little ones who lost their life who must now go through life without their best friend.
I am sad and I am also angry. I feel helpless. I hate that nothing seems to be changing in our country despite the fact that the VAST majority of Americans — Americans on either side of the political spectrum — support more responsible gun ownership and national background checks.
I hate feeling like nothing is changing when change is so desperately needed. I think about how I would feel if I were one of the mothers who lost her child yesterday and what I would want from others. I would want prayers — I believe in the power of prayer absolutely — but I would also want action. I would be crying out for change.
If you feel the same way and if you feel helpless, I wanted to share something small I came across this morning that made me feel like I could do something to have my voice heard.
You may find your Senator’s contact information here.
You may find your Congressman or Congresswoman’s information here.
I shared this information on Instagram Stories this morning and heard back from many, many of you who work in politics who echoed the same sentiments: THIS MATTERS. This can make a difference. Calls are recorded, voice mails are noted and emails are tallied. It matters.
I was met with a voicemail every time I called this morning and every call I made took less than one minute. It’s not much — I know that — and there is so, so much more to be done but if you feel frozen and helpless, this is a small step we can take as Americans to try move toward a safer country for our babies, our children and our people.