Today’s my birthday, so I wanted to post about my wishes and what I’m grateful for. As most of the nation is, I’m still so upset about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims.
I haven’t let myself get very self indulgent, but I’ll suspend that for this post..
1. I want a world where I can send my children to school and not be afraid of something happening to them. Before last Friday I would have never questioned their safety when at school. I worry about so many other things and places for my kids and I hate that I have to add this fear now. I’m not going to debate gun control and/or mental illness, but it’s clear that something needs to change. I am a daughter of a card carrying NRA member, but I don’t believe that just anyone should be able to get their hands on an automatic weapon. And if you have firearms, lock them up and teach your children not to go near them. As a child, I knew there were guns in my house. I knew not to touch them and except for one or two (which probably should have been locked up also), they were always locked up. In this Sandy Hook Tragedy, if this mother allegedly knew her child needed more help, she should have made sure he couldn’t get to the weapons (and really — if she was worried about protecting herself, why not just have one gun or a really good alarm system).
This isn’t a debate over the right to bear arms, but this country needs make it harder for individuals to get their hands on weapons. Israel has some good policies, check out this article that my friend Melissa shared with me. School security needs to be addressed too — I was angry when I walked into my daughter’s school on Monday and the security guard greeted me warmly. The school uses one door to come in and out (which is smart) and he knows everyone who’s supposed to be there, but what happens when the unthinkable occurs? Is he going to be able to protect my children (my toddler goes there now also). When I walked in on Monday, I wanted to be questioned and have my id checked. I wanted to be assured my children were safe. I don’t know what he does with strangers, I can’t just assume that he’ll turn them away. My trust in people is eroding.
I love that my oldest child’s school barely lets me in the door. They’re firm, but that’s their policy. But would it stop a madman?
2. I want to be able to stay working in social media and marketing/ world of bloggers. I’m already working with a wonderful firm that I hope will keep me on past my contract.
3. I want my feverish toddler, Skylar, to feel better. I am so lucky to have 3 smart and healthy children. My middle child is turning 5 on December 31 and I am so grateful to see that happen.
4. I am grateful to have a good marriage and family.
5. I want to continue losing weight with Weight Watchers.
6. I want to do more projects with my own company, Trumpeting Media.
7. I want to keep running this website and continue to bring you great content (please click on the banners and affiliate links, if you are interested in buying the products — it’s the only way we make any money).
These are my honest thoughts. You are welcome to disagree with me on gun control or any other issue raised. Just be respectful. I have a right to my own opinions.