I’ve spent the last part of this week in a fog because yet again, there has been another act of senseless violence in our schools. I am sickened and horrified and FED UP. I’m in awe of the student survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They are eloquent and powerful and ANGRY, and they have every right to be. They’ve been failed by the people who were supposed to protect them. I’m ashamed. I’m disgusted. And I’m deeply distressed for the parents and family of the seventeen people who lost their lives INSIDE A HIGH SCHOOL. No one should lose a child. No one should lose a loved one to preventable violence. And NO ONE should be satisfied with the status quo. These brave student survivors are leading the way, but they should never have had to. We can’t keep living like this, America! I shouldn’t be scared to send my children to school every day! No one should be afraid at a church, or a concert, or a movie theater. The town I live in now is so much like Parkland, Florida. It’s tight-knit and very safe, yet every day I pray, “Please don’t let the world learn the name of my town because of a shooting.” I have a feeling I’m not the only one who does that, and to quote Douglas HS senior Emma Gonzalez, “that’s BS.” We have to do better. NOW.
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It’s honestly been hard to focus on getting ready for our Disney trip with all the horrible news surrounding us, but I’ve been leaning into the kids’ excitement while I’ve put together the piles of stuff to pack. Thank you to everyone who emailed and left comments with awesome suggestions for what to bring to the parks and on the cruise. I picked up my prescription for the seasick patch, and basically bought everything you all suggested (Ponchos – check. Micky Mouse insect repellant bracelets – check.)! Next time any of you have a trip planned to Disneyland, hit me up and I’ll return the advice!
My friend Mike has a really fun new product that he’s currently trying to fund on Kickstarter. It’s called the CeilingSport Original Swish, and as the name suggests, it’s a game you play on your ceiling. My kids will loooove this in their rooms. I’ve pledged and can’t wait to get ours. Mike has been working on this for three years, and it definitely deserves to be funded. Spread the word!
Happy Sunday, everyone. Be safe, you are precious to me.