And as I excited as I am to give away gift cards and celebrate some winners, it seems oddly insignificant as my heart is aching for those whose lives were touched by the tragedy in Connecticut.
In the end, I think we were ALL touched by this tragedy in one way another. I think that teachers across the country have been running scenes through their heads, wondering: How would this play out in my school? Are we prepared? Would we know what to do? How would I respond? What about my students?
And I KNOW that parents EVERYWHERE have responded similarly... Holding on to their children a little tighter, considering what if, and then hugging their children once more and LOVING them.
I could write a thousand lines or three, and I would not even be able to hint at the ache that is felt by those of have read or heard about the loss of the lives of so many children.
And then that sadness would pale when compared to those families and friends who experienced first hand yesterday.
So, tomorrow, we will FEEL many things. But in honor of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, we will say nothing. We will look at the heart that will be posted on countless blogs, and we will remember, and pray, and honor and reflect.
If you are a blogger, please join us. Go to Farley's blog (Oh Boy Fourth Grade) to get the artwork (designed with so much love by Michelle from 3am Teacher) and the directions for joining in this tribute.
Title your post for Sunday, December 16th: Silence for Sandy Hook Elementary and post the heart (and nothing else) on your blog.
Join us as we hold each others' hands and hearts--and those of the people in Newtown, Connecticut...