Too close to home

Dec 14, 2012

I was in meetings all morning at work. I was fired up about some frustrating blockers about my seemingly important work of moving bits and bytes around on various screens.

Then I saw an email from one of my closest friends that her niece and nephew’s school had a major shooting today.

They have her nieces but her nephew is still missing.

Now, look, I know that it’s all the way in Connecticut and I live all the way here in Seattle. But V’s son and my son are great buds. They go to schools a few miles apart. My son has played with her nephew, the one missing right now. So no, I do not think “there’s nothing to worry about, it’s not here, Leslie. It’s ok,” which is what people keep trying to tell me when they see my watery eyes looking lost at the office.

I believe there is a thousand reasons to run home and grab my children, and her children, and huddle together.

It’s not ok. Not until they find her Nephew and he is safe and EVEN THEN it is not ok. Nothing about this is ok.

So please, please, please keep V and her family in your thoughts and prayers. I know there’s a ton of support out there already waiting and watching with her but please add yours.

From one mom to every mom out there and to a particular one with whom I’ve shared wine and laughter with, who now waits to hear where her son is, mygod I feel for you. And that’s not even enough.


  1. Flinger, my eyes watered up big time when I heard this story, family/friends involved or not. My two kidos are roughly the age of those lost in all of this.  That, for me, hit too close to home.  Let alone actually having someone you know and love involved in it.  I can’t imagine.

    I am DEFINITELY thinking about you and yours during all of this.

    By sethpbrown on 2012 12 14

  2. Words big enough to explain the sorrow don’t exist. Love to you all.

    By amandamagee on 2012 12 14

  3. Saw on Twitter you were over cooking dinner.  You are a good friend.  Sending love to you both (((hugs)))

    By Liz@thisfullhouse on 2012 12 15

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  6. I heard this story, family/friends involved or not. Let alone actually having someone you know and love involved in it.  I can’t imagine.

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