Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Amish shootings: turn them into a positive influence

I know that sounds a bit strange to turn the actions of a very sad, sick man into a positive influence, but I think that the best way to deal with the craziness in this world is to try and learn from it and make our personal lives better from it.

Case in point. When my youngest, now in 7th grade, was in kindergarten there was a news story of a Kindergartner that took his daddy's gun to school and shot and killed a class mate. That struck my heart so deeply. Not only the tragedy, but the fact that it happened to someone the same age as my own child.

It made me realize how fragile and fleeting life is. From that point onward, even if we have had a "grumpy" morning, I always tell my kids "have a good day, I love you" when they leave for school or to play with a friend etc.

I can't imagine having a grumpy day, not saying that to my kids and having a very sad, sick man come into their school.

Could I live with myself if my last words to my children weren't " I love you"!


  1. I share your sentiments totally.

    (and about cooking too btw .... Wendy sent me)

  2. Good idea. I did a post on the shootings also.

    (here from wendy's)

  3. Here from Wendy's too and totally agree with you. It goes for all family members.

    Oh BTW: Your baton and my drink have caught the audtions on fire!

  4. How heartfelt. Your post brought tears to my eyes and it really does make you think!

  5. I hugged my little son before I left him at his classroom in school today and told him that I loved him and to have a good day.

    This is a reminder we all need. Thanks!


  6. I agree with you. Someone else's tragedy always puts things in perspective.

  7. Our kids are so precious. Saying positive things to your kids fills up their "love bucket" to tap in the future when you are not around. You do not need a reason to say "I love you" or "You are so great!" It especially effective to praise your kids in front of their friends - never put them down in front of others, and rarely otherwise. Let them hear you praising them when you are on the phone or chatting.

    I have an article on my blog called, "Getting your spouse to help around the house" with positive suggestions for the whole family.

    Thanks so much for your posts!

    Wendy Lee


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