I'm sure that everyone has heard about the school shooting in Connecticut by now. I - like most of the people I know - am a little shell-shocked and a lot sad and more than a bit angry. In some ways it's worse than Columbine or other school shootings because it involves small children - the under-twelve set.
And so when Lizzy (5) asked me why I was sad, I told her that a bad guy had hurt some children and it made me sad, and in response to her questions, dug out a Google Map of the USA to show her how far away Connecticut is from our home near Seattle. This is to reassure her - or is it to reassure me?
We got a phone message and email from our school district explaining that the children's safety is their first priority, and that if our children have heard about this they may feel some anxiety.
All I want to do right now is lock mine up safe with me, even though I know that's both an overreaction and terribly unhealthy besides.
And honestly? I'm feeling pretty damn brave for letting Abby play outside with the other kids this afternoon.
But I'm really glad that we've already planned a quiet weekend of DVDs and tree-decorating.