Life unarguably goes on, even in the face of horrific tragedy. Tomorrow the alarm will blare, we will go to work, stop at the grocery store, and run some errands; and I will resume with a new recipe. But even in this world where wars, murder, and violence have become frighteningly more commonplace, the horror of 20 first graders senselessly murdered in their schoolroom stands out.

It doesn’t take much effort to find reams of articles and interviews politicizing this horror to rant on larger issues  – banning guns and bringing God back into the schools being at the top of the list, even above effective treatment for the mentally ill, and the debates started almost as soon as the first tweets on the massacre hit the newsfeed. I have my opinions on all three, strong convictions in fact, but today I just want to honor the children and adults who were struck down so viciously last Friday, and send prayers to their families.

In remembrance of the innocent lives lost last Friday, hold your loved ones a little closer.

Make sure they know how much you love them.

Try your hardest to make them feel safe in an increasingly violent society we all live in.

Extend your prayers and love to those who have an empty seat at the table today.

All the best to you and your family –




6 Responses to “Holding Life a Little Closer” Subscribe

  1. Choc Chip Uru December 17, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    You are very eloquent my friend… The tragedy is inconceivable…
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  2. Theresa Villasenor December 17, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    You have said it so perfectly. My heart cried for the parents, for the community that will never be the same, and for the world we live in (where people resort to such things). I agree, lets take a break today and lets love and hug our family a little bit tighter.

  3. Erika December 17, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Ditto Choc Chip Uru and Theresa. Thank you for the thoughtful post.
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  4. Norma Chang December 17, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    I too concur with the above comments, thanks, I could not have said it better. My prayers go out to all the children, adults and their families.

  5. Rodger Helwig December 17, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Thanks Susan, for the heartfelt post. Am so glad that you and fellow food bloggers are making this a day of remembrance.

    Peace to all,

    Rodger Helwigl

  6. Cass @foodmyfriend December 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    A beautiful message you have just made. I will make a concious effort to love my family even more. A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones x
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