My daughter is 5 almost 6. She is beautiful. She is smart. She is precious. Just like all children are to their parents. I can't ever imagine taking a breath without her. I can't ever imagine the heartache of the parents the children of Sandy Hook feel each day. I hope I never have to.
When the children of Sandy Hook sang at the Super Bowl my daughter walked into the room and said, "I wish I were those kids."
She knows nothing of Sandy Hook. She knows nothing of violence besides what her brother's small hands can inflict upon her. She knows nothing except what she saw. She saw beautiful children singing. She knows she wants to be a "pop star" when she grows up. She saw children singing on tv and she wished to be them.
I hugged her.
I hugged her so tight.
Finally she looks at me says, "why are you hugging me?"
I just smiled. In my mind I thought how glad I was that she wasn't one of those kids. I hope one day she can stand in front of the whole world and sing or dance or speak and everyone everywhere will know what I already know.
But I'm glad she doesn't know the pain and violence those kids have had to endure. I am so very glad.