hold them close.

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“hold them close.”

those are the words that have been echoing through my mind the past few days.

hold them close. hug them. love them. tell them they’re good enough. listen to them. appreciate each moment with them. hold them close.

it’s unimaginable for me to put myself in the shoes of the 20 sets of parents that just lost their babies. i literally can’t imagine it. my mind won’t let my heart begin to feel that kind of earth-shattering pain. in such a time of complete devastation and confusion, we question everything. why did this happen? what does this mean about our nation that this keeps happening? how do we stop this? how could someone murder innocent children?

i don’t know. i wish i did. my only answer is – “hold them close.” not just now in the midst of this horrific tragedy, but always. hold them close. hug them. love them. tell them they’re good enough. listen to them. appreciate each moment with them.

hold them close.

lead them down a path of light. encourage them. expose them to a life of positivity and creativity. create lines of open communication. turn off the tv. turn off the 6 o’clock news. (for the love of god, please, turn off the 6 o’clock news.) turn off the video games. connect with them at the most raw, human levels. laugh. play. talk. foster their self expression. be an advocate for their health. go outside. connect with nature. tell them the truth. do the work on yourself so that you can provide (y)our children with opportunities you never had. help them when they’re in need. it’s our responsibility to do better. it’s our responsibility to help our children grow into conscious, loving adults. it’s our responsibility to hold them close.

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