Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

I posted these words last year on this day.
I would like to post them again this year.

The shooting took place four years ago today.
Days later, my daughter asked me to create a card
for her and her dispatching co-workers to sign.
She knew those on duty were hurting
and were no doubt traumatized.
She wanted those men and women to know
that they were being thought of
as they were victims as well.
I was trying to make sense of the violence,
and I was also trying to come up
with a card that was poignant enough.

As I was "building" the card, this is the story I wanted to tell:
* the white symbolizes the purity of the children
* the silver symbolizes the brightness in Heaven of 20 new angels
* the gold symbolizes the children's halos
* the feathers symbolize the children's wings
* the spot of red symbolizes the blood shed
* the falling snowflakes symbolize falling tears
* the doves symbolize peace
* the tattered edges on the inside pages symbolize broken hearts

* the gossamer-like ribbon not only ties the pages together,
it ties the community together.

Every time I see this card, my heart aches.
My wish is that the town is healing.


  1. Sue....It was such a tragedy. The card that you made is so beautiful in every way. I'm sure they were blessed the card. Thank you for the reminder to pray for them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

    Blessings to you,

  2. Hi Sue, your card is beautiful and each detail has great meaning. I know it was a blessing to all. Your talents created the thoughts and feeling that needed to be conveyed. Beautiful card and I know blessed many. Thanks for sharing as we remember!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. xo

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  5. Everything about this is so incredibly meaningful, Susan, and I am so incredibly proud to have you as my cousin AND my friend. Thank you for creating such a beautiful card and for sharing it with all of us. I love you more than you can imagine ❤️❤️❤️