How long?

December 15, 2012

The bereaved parents club is one no-one asks to join.

Today its ranks have been swelled:

A gunman killed 26 people, 20 of them children between ages 5 and 10, in a shooting on Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, the authorities said.

The gunman, believed to be 20, walked into a classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother was a teacher. He shot and killed her and then fatally shot 20 students, most in the same classroom. He also fatally shot five other adults, then killed himself inside the school. One other person was injured in the shooting . . .

It is against the natural order of things to outlive your children.

It is difficult enough to make sense of the death of a child as a result of illness or accident.

Today so many families, and the teachers and other children who witnessed the horror, are faced with the impossible task of making sense of a senseless act of violence.

how long

The pain is not yours alone she said & you will see it in their eyes when they do not think you are watching.

How long will it take? I said & she put her hand on my chest and we did not speak.

Story People by Brian Andreas.


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