As we parent our children, one of our primary jobs is to keep them safe.
Nevertheless, things happen. They fall. They get sick. They have close calls.
From the twin who started to wander out the front door, which could have ended so badly… little Gabi swallowing a quarter and I watched for it to pass with the fear of surgery in my throat… The moments when I couldn’t see Isa on the playground because she was hiding in the corner of under the slide as my heart raced…. these things happen.
But we can’t let fear keep us from letting them live. We have to let them out into the world, experience new things, learn, and love. We trust that they will be safe when they go to school.
My heart had been repeatedly breaking since Friday over the Newtown children. It is unimaginable. Their lives stolen. And when I learned that my friend’s nephew lost his life, I wanted to somehow make it not true. It’s so unfair. They should be at school, reading and playing.
He was laid to rest today. He was a twin. My heart breaks for his family, his siblings and especially for his surviving twin sister.
A fund had been set up to help his family.
More information on helping the family can be found here.
Rest in peace, dear Noah.
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. – Episcopal Online Book of Common Prayer, Compline