Like you...I've been so impressed with the students - especially the ones who are stepping up for gun control. I have so much more faith in their generation when I hear and see them stepping up...and I'll honestly admit...I didn't have much prior to. So fun to see Larry "at work!" Thanks for sharing! xoxo
I did think about that for a minute. And the next minute and the next. And every minute thereafter. Are we at a tipping point? Are we going to be better, not bought? Larry, working his camera, makes his subjects feel special, beautiful, seen. I can see that clearly in your photos of him taking photos. He gives people a tremendous gift every time he asks to photograph them.
I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately. It is hard not to given how common it seems to have become. Two weeks ago one of the women I work with got a call from her brother who said there was a gunman loose on his campus. Naturally, she was upset and called the rest of her family to coach him to stay put and hide. What is our world coming to? When it is not unusual to know someone who has experienced this? Her brother is fine, and we all sighed with relief. Four weeks ago at my daughter's high school a student overheard another talking about how he was going to shoot a teacher. He said something to school officials. Thank god. The kids 'sheltered in place' and then were dismissed early. It was over, before the parents knew it happened. The school acted quickly. They took the kid into custody and searched the house to find multiple firearms in the home belonging to his father. We can debate what should happen, what should be restricted, what laws we should be passed. But as a parent, I only want to know my child is safe in their school. And that the only thing they worry about is whether they did their assignment for class. I want them home for dinner and to hug them before bed. It shouldn't be too much to ask for.
Robin, Christine, Cynthia ... thank you ladies for reading and for sharing your thoughts and feelings. These young people give me hope for our country and our humanness that I haven't felt for years.
I share your sentiments so much, Susan. As someone who works at a high school this topic is with me more often than I actually want to. We aren't even done dealing with the aftermath of the fires, and now we're doing lockdown and active shooter drills. I can't even imagine what this does to the kids who are still traumatized from fleeing the fires in the middle of the night. What kind of world are these kids living in? I feel like I was living in some kind of paradise when I was their age. The kids who are getting out there are my hope for our country, that they no longer take what we have messed up by doing nothing, being desillusioned or simply being too lazy to even get our butt up and vote.
What a fascinating job your husband has.