Kim Hudson: Recalling the raw pain of the Sandy Hook shootings

This week marks the second anniversary of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School which occurred on Dec. 14, 2012. Twenty children and six teachers lost their lives that day to a single gunman.

This is a hard subject to talk about. It’s certainly not the only school shooting – there have been way too many to wrap our heads and hearts around.

And it’s not even just about school shootings. We are a violent society with far too many senseless deaths than we could ever count.

But I will never forget the impact this school shooting had on me and many others around the world.

So I write about it today because we shouldn’t forget. We should not forget the anger we felt toward a perceived failed mental health system. We should not forget the frustration we felt towards gun laws that just don’t make sense.

And never should we forget the raw pain and sadness we felt at the loss of those beautiful children and teachers.

As a society we were moved to action. I was ready to march with others in favor of tougher gun laws and more funding for our mental health system. Debates rose quickly and these issues threatened to divide us as a nation.

Then, like a forgotten New Year’s resolution, the momentum died and this shooting (like all the others) moved to the back of our consciousness.

Why does it take a crisis to engage and unite us?

After 9/11 we became a country united. It didn’t matter about race, religion, political party – if you lived in America we shared in brotherly love. And today we are at war with ourselves over issues such as Ferguson and immigration.

How quickly we forget the raw emotions that moved us to take action for the greater good.

This time of year can be stressful. But in the big scheme of things does it really matter if you send out Christmas cards or not?

How truly important is it that you buy the “perfect” gift? Maybe, just maybe we should pull up those raw emotions again so we don’t lose sight of what is really important.

Charlotte, Josephine, Daniel, Arielle, Rachel, Jessica, Victoria, Benjamin, Anne Marie, Dawn, Caroline, Ana, Madeleine, Catherine, Noah, James, Mary, Emilie, Lauren, Allison, Chase, Dylan, Jesse, Olivia, Jack and Grace. The 26 lost lives at Sandy Hook Elementary.

This Christmas season we should remember. And we should hug our loved ones just a little tighter.

And maybe, just maybe we should think of all those around us who are suffering – for whatever reason – this holiday season.

May we share our love not just with our relatives but with our fellow human beings around the world and down the street. May we use this time of year as a reason to give and give boldly.

And may we remember – always remember – to look past our differences and into the hearts and souls of those around us.

Contact Kim Hudson at tkhudson@comcast.net.

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