It hit me yesterday for the first time. I suddenly realized that I had been mentally preparing for something that I wasn’t ready to share with our sweet little five-year old daughter. I knew it was time to have a very difficult conversation on the Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting. I just couldn’t believe that my daughter was now a part of what I like to call the “Run and Hide” generation.
Across the country yesterday students and educators marked the day with vigils, moments of silence, art projects and other demonstrations. They remembered the seventeen people that was shot and killed by an ex-student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida on February 14th.
As for myself, when I walked into my daughters open campus with cupcakes to share with her classmates in one hand and holding her hand in the other, I suddenly became nervous and anxious. My mind began to wander as I glanced around campus looking at all the smiling faces, heart shaped balloons and festive type atmosphere.
For many parents, this was a sad triggered day of mourning and renewing their efforts towards gun control. My heart leaped when I thought about the devastating pain of loosing a child to senseless violence.
A general view of the makeshift memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as staff, teachers and students walk out of classes
to protest gun violence in Parkland, Florida . Rhonda Wise—AFP/Getty Images