I also, by the way, am focused on the children who fear, and have reason to fear, returning to school because of the danger of gun violence. The “toxic stress” they have endured and will endure is intolerable. Let us not tolerate it.
I have, also, a focus on young people who are struggling with mental illness, often because of the social conditions in our world, mental illness that can lead to suicide or to tragic violence against others.
I short, I am concerned for children who are endangered or suffering in any way.
Like my daughter’s neighbors who were willing to help however they could, let us all stand together, regardless of political or religious or any other kind of persuasion, to protect children’s lives.
Let us all consider what we can do, now, today. Each in our own manner, let us act in ways that bring us together around solutions, not rhetoric.
Let us all remember how it feels to tremble before the tiny body of an infant in NICU, with a concern as focused as mine was when I was holding my infant grandson when his life was threatened.
Other children are threatened, now.
May our better instincts turn us to actions, immediately, to care for children, all the children.
Glenda Taylor, Earthsprings, June 2018
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