MY TWO KITTENS woke me up early this Saturday morning. Yes, Saturday morning--a time typically reserved for relaxation and indulgence. But NO, not when you have manic kitty antics going on around the room. I figured if I got up and fed them like I do during the week, they'd settle back down. Nope. Instead Taz, our little boy kitten found his favorite fluff ball and is growling, "This is mine. Get your own toy!" at his poor sister who is guilty only of looking on while perched on a freshly dried stack of towels. Sheesh! Whatever happened to sharing? And sleeping in?
I'm a mix of emotions this AM. I'm giggling at my kitties and looking forward to my day, Christmas shopping with my daughters. But I can't help sense the dark cloud of sadness over the loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut. I can't even begin to imagine the anguish those parents must be feeling. They were unjustly robbed and violated. It's the worst kind of tragedy imaginable and it makes my heart hurt.
And what about the parents whose children survived? I remember months ago when I read The Woman Who Wasn't There, a book focused on the survivors of 9/11. The book illustrated that while we put copious effort into helping the people who lost loved ones, and rightly so, the people who got out of those buildings alive were forgotten but went through tremendous survivor's guilt. They didn't really understand it until they all came together and realized they were feeling the same series of emotions.
In Newtown as well as in Portland in the aftermath of that shooting, those close to the situation will comfort the families of those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. I hope there will also be support for those whose children and loved ones survived. These people might be going through something--psychologically speaking--even more difficult--survivor's guilt.
Trying to make sense of a tragedy like this is pretty much a lesson in futility. I believe there is a mental health crisis going on across this country. While lawmakers push gun control to the front of their agendas, I hope they will take an equally sobering look at how to help those who are struggling psychologically.
Thanks for reading. What are your thoughts?