Newtown: Pictures
This photo of Newtown is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The year is 2024 Tommy Jones is twenty two years of age, Susie his younger sister is seventeen. It is a beautiful day and both are going about looking for Christmas gifts for their folks and stopping for a simple lunch together, enjoying each others company as Susie misses her brother who been away at college. Suddenly a lanky young man dressed all in black and a bulge in his jacket, and anger on his face is coming down the street,  car goes by and backfires. Susie dives for the sidewalk screaming, Tommy ducks down. Both realized it was a car, there is no gun. Even the young man was on the street, his girlfriend coming out of somewhere, yelling “I am sorry!” they hug and make up. For Tommy and Susie, the beautiful day is shattered. They entered the diner, order and try to eat. Tommy who was not at Sandy Hook but at another school while shaken is recovering slowly. Susie however, is a survivor from the school twelve years before. In a flash, 12 years of work to put distance between her and that day have been whipped and shattered. Her right eye twitches involuntarily, she is shaking. As the day and week goes by, she feels exhausted, jumpy, raw and hyper-viligent as she keeps an eye out for danger.

The above scenario is of course fiction, but not impossible. The day before the horror of that Friday, on Thursday I was accosted by an aggressive panhandler who was very drunk. I was not harmed and while shaken was able to walk away from it unscathed, mostly. Unfortunately it also brought back ferociously a trauma, a serious deep one over 40 years of age, that forever shaped my young brain as these young children in Newtown Conn. have had theirs shaped by the gunman last week. Depending on their personalities, life adaptions, support systems and a great deal of other things, will determined how well they recover from the trauma the survivors recover from. For these children, it is very possible some of them will have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and maybe for life if the stress is not managed and taken care of properly. I hope not. Having PTSD for life is very disorganizing and disruptive in one’s life and can be quite disabling. I would hate to see any one of the surviving children who came out of this alive, also have a life of health, killed off, because of what they survived. Pray for them too, that in some measure, they can get back some of the small town they loved.


Nancy Louise


More Children Dead, so is this the end of days?

The tragic happenings of Newtown and those in China have become the end days of their time with their child and love ones. They will have to go on memories now. They will never be healed from this, only learn to tolerate the pain better. Those of us, not directly effected will move on, however sluggishly perhaps, but we will. We must remember to Pray, Act, and Love. Love will win in this, but more so on the acts and prayers of those of us who refuse to give in. All of this going on, is the acts of desperate people wanting the world to end now, and wanting to bring it down themselves while they died. The end of days will not be like this.

The end of days will be one in which there no longer any love, any caring, or any acts of kindness being done the world over. So today when I saw groups of young people dressed in Santa and Elf outfits and giving out candy canes around the Ball Park, people smiling and wishing you a good day, even in the rain. Neighbors saying good morning. Yes there is sadness today for those who know what happened, (not everyone keeps up on the internet or daily news, a store clerk knew nothing of the horror). Be kind to one another, love your children more, even if they are grown.

Nancy Louise