Love and remembrance

This is my young daughter standing in front of a mural of the 17 innocent children and staff whose lives were taken so coldly. These young people had friends, family that loved them dearly and bright futures to look forward to. My daughter attended elementary school with Helena Ramsey, one of the students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. She even has a picture of them together standing in front of a school project that they created. I think it’s from 4th grade, both girls with cute innocence, Helena wearing a t-shirt that read “Dinosaurs are people too”

We did not know right away that Helena was one of the students whose life was cut short until a few months after the massacre. But when we did find out, we cried into the night, weeping for the senseless killing of this sweet spirited, young girl and her classmates. The girls hadn’t been in touch in a while as they both went on to different middle and high schools but my daughter fondly remembers birthday parties, play dates and a genuine friendship with Helena. I have felt within me; rage, sadness and a sense of helplessness over this tragedy. How does a parent go on after something like this? It’s not right that our schools aren’t safe anymore and that children have had to get used to seeing more police presence on their campuses. It’s not right that our children have to adjust to color code drills “just in case”. And most importantly, it’s not right that the parents of these children will not have the joy of seeing their children graduate and move on with their lives. It hurts my soul because I have no idea of the kind of grief that has overcome their hearts and turned their world upside down. These sweet Angels are resting in the Creator’s arms…looking down on us and sending their love. And us, well we are trying our best to stay strong in spite of this. We love you Helena, always.💖

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