A Cyber Hand Squeeze

AUTHOR: | POSTED: December 17, 2012 | COMMENTS: 23 Comments
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Carolyn Savage

I wrote this as a Facebook Post last night while fretting about sending my kids to school this morning.  It’s been recieved well, and since I am still struggling to put my thoughts into words, I decided to share it here for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook.

Prayers to all of you.

Hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow with a clearer head!

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Okay fellow mamas (and grand-mamas, and dads, and grandpas) it’s time for a collective hand squeeze. 

Monday morning I am taking a deep breath, packing their lunches, and scurrying them out the door with a heavy heart and great trepidation. Regardless, I have to. To do anything but, would stifle their right to the childhood they deserve and the childhood my husband and I have worked so hard to give them.

After they are gone, I’ll probably spend some more time thinking about what has happened; worrying about when it will happen again; wondering what I can do to be part of preventing this kind of tragedy; and…ultimately…praying. 

Let’s do this together. 

On Monday morning, let’s all be brave and move on together, not so we can put the past behind us, but instead, so we can learn from the past, and make this world a place worthy of our childrens’ childhoods.

This is a mom-to-mom, parent-to-parent “cyber hand squeeze”. 

We can do this.

Now, onward.

Mary Kate, dressed and ready to go, Monday, December 17, 2012.

 

23 Comments on “ A Cyber Hand Squeeze ”

  • Lori Lavender Luz | December 18th, 2012 5:31 pm

    Squeezing your hand back.

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  • Jennifer Coyle (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Teachers too…walking into buildings with hundreds of little ones…each one with questions, fears, some knowing nothing of Fridays tragedy, some knowing far too much. As parents, you put your children in our care and trust us to keep them safe to the best of our ability and as teachers that is our responsibility and our promise to you. To love them, hug them, show them there is good in this sometimes confusing world. We are all in this together, for those beautiful children…in today’s world, we have to be

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  • Julie Carr Turner (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Amazingly worded… Thank you! …. I AM iN 🙂

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  • Julie Norman Gorecki (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:20 pm

    I don’t have children in school but I will join all of you in the “cyber had squeeze” and cover everyone in prayer.

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  • Heather Myers Allen (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:20 pm

    Im in and Thank you!!!

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  • Mary Schanberger Hennessy (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:21 pm

    Love the post and the teacher’s response…my 2 daughters are teachers…one of them in a combo 1/2 class…

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  • Melinda Dale Emmerd (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:22 pm

    Tomorrow I send them off to school as a parent and then go to work as a teacher. It is such a scary world we live in, and I certainly rely on prayers to get me through it. I had another friend post this earlier tonight. I thought it was kind of appropriate. “Posted by a Tulsa teacher:

    To parents who aren’t educators, this may be hard to understand.

    Five days a week, we teach your kids. That means we educate your kids. Play with your kids. Discipline your kids. Joke with your kids. Console your kids. Praise your kids. Question your kids. Beat our heads up against a wall about your kids. Worry about your kids. Keep an eye on your kids. Learn about your kids. Invest in your kids. Protect your kids. Love your kids.

    We would all take a bullet for your kids.

    It’s nowhere in our job description. It isn’t covered in the employee handbook. It isn’t cited in our contracts. But we would all do it. So, yes–please hug your kids, really, really tightly. But on Monday, if you see your kids’ teacher, please hug them, too. Thanks.

    This goes for the teachers, support staff, principals, and counselors.”

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  • Charlene Delisle (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:23 pm

    @ Melinda that was very touching thankyou

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  • Celina Peters (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:23 pm

    I’m also in the cyber hand squeeze but also take a deep breathe as I walk away from my 2 boys leaving them in there classes

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  • Sandra Brown (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:31 pm

    There is POWER IN PRAYER., so all say a.prayer and believe!

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  • Lee Cooper (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:31 pm

    Praying

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  • Amy Balsiger Milchin (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:32 pm

    I have already done it with my first born. As tempting as it was to keep them all hime, I cannot give in to fear and evil. I took that breath and said goodbye, have a great day. Now I will count the minutes and hours until my babies get home safely

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  • Cathy Terrell (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:33 pm

    Yes we can!!!!!!

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  • Jessica Cox Gors (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:33 pm

    Thanks. I needed that

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  • Meg Brogan-Brown (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:35 pm

    I didn’t do such a hot job at drop off today. My daughter was born the same year as most of those precious angels and I started crying. I just couldn’t keep it in

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  • Claire Sturtevant Golden (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:36 pm

    It is very difficult when I was making gingerbread houses with the six years olds in 1st grade on Friday this tragedy was happening. This is a tough one. When we can kill our babies without a blink of an eye then we next to team together and stop this madness. God Bless all the souls that saved the ones they could on Friday. I hope my son’s school will step up security now and pray this never happens to anyone again.

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  • Jeanne Richardson Lippy (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Amen! This was one of the hardest days of my life as both a parent and educator.

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  • Sue Ziemann (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Beautifully said, thank you.

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  • Megan Meany-Detzner (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:38 pm

    Yes! Just heartbroken for the dear families. I hugged my kids a little closer today. God we are entrusting them to Your care

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  • Heather Ivan Nieman (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:38 pm

    Beautiful words, Carolyn, and by all of these posts for that matter!

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  • Donna Mckinney (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:39 pm

    i know how you feel it could happen to any of use ,just have to pary that god will keep our babies safe

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  • Shannon Wagener Clarke (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:39 pm

    Savage family being special again. I’m in!

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  • Angela Bonner (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:40 pm

    This had good advice

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