I have hope


In between the family-filled, happy, oh-so memorable moments of this past week, my mind has drifted. I’ve thought of families I’ve never met living many miles away. I’ve pictured their homes, adorned with lovely decorations of the season, but only, I imagine, because they were there before. I’ve pictured their closets, still, these four days after Christmas, full of toys and books and clothes waiting for their shining moment under the tree. I’ve wondered how you go on living near that closet. How you celebrate through tears. How you live through the sadness that is so great, there is no word that comes close to capturing it.

How do you do it?

As quickly as those thoughts entered my brain, my heart pushed them away. I don’t know how you do it. And right now? I don’t need to know. Picturing myself there doesn’t help them. It doesn’t help me. You don’t prepare yourself for that kind of thing by imagining it. And trying to feel their pain will never bring me even close to what it is they are going through today. Those emotions are reserved for when they are truly called upon.

I don’t need to have their pain. I need to have their hope.

We all do.

Hope is what will get them through. Hope is what will help us all heal. Hope is what will power the movement to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

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Spread hope across the country. Be a Force for Good!

Hope for Newtown


  1. Beautifully written as usual, Tricia. My thoughts have been in the same grim and lonely place lately – not helpful to anyone. I love your gentle reframe toward hope. Thank you! And Happy New Year to you and your family!
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  2. Yes, Tricia. Exactly what Mary said above. Thank you for the reminder that for those of us who are continuing our lives–it’s okay to do that. Let’s be an even brighter light now. Let’s shine together!

  3. I am with you there. I was also picturing the sadness, thinking about how I would handle it, and how my life would end with that kind of loss. But you are right. It helps no one. It’s okay to live life.

    You are a beautiful writer.
    Peace and Love,
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  4. I’ve felt that pang of guilt as I spent the holiday all wrapped up in family, with a healthy and safe son and a happy and safe home. I feel incredibly lucky and incredibly sad to think of mothers not too far away experiencing such tragically different holidays. Thanks for putting into beautiful words that hard-to-say feeling so many of us are experiencing!
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  5. Beautiful post. The best thing we can do is have hope, and teach our kids about hope. Hope can motivate us to then all make a small difference.

  6. A beautifully written post. At various times throughout the holiday, I stopped to think about the families in Newtown. I think it is as Leah says, hope. Hope that there is still good left in this world. And hope that we can fill our own children with love and stability. 🙂
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