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Monday, October 02, 2006

Not Much to Say Tonight

Nothing has changed since yesterday. My cold is making me miserable and I'm on my way to a very early bedtime. Elcie came home sick from school halfway through the day.

And the awful news from Lancaster County in PA has depressed me more than I can fathom.
If some suicidal maniac can line up ten little girls who have hurt no one and mow them down, no one is safe anywhere. He singled out the girls and executed them (or tried to - four are dead) and we'll probably never know why.

Their parents may never read the thousands of condolences which will pour in. They keep to themselves. They are a peaceful people and the last I'd expect to suffer something like this. I still feel compelled to say my heart aches for them and for the family of the killer. His wife and daughters were innocent victims as well.

It's been a dark day for Lancaster County, for Pennsylvania, and for the country. Four little girls dead as of this writing for no reason.

Take care everyone. Tomorrow is another day and perhaps my heart will hurt less.

31 comments:

jel said...

sorry you are sick , hope you and elcie, are felling better today.

and yes it is bad sad day , my prayer go out to all of the family's

God bless

Margaret said...

Hope you get well soon, What a shocking senseless tragedy. How can we possibly understand what makes these terrible things happen over and over again. Like everyone else I feel for all the families effected and who are no doubt shattered by it. Take care of yourself. God Bless Margaret

Suzanne said...

I can't begin to fathom what could motivate someone to do something like that. The shooting has truly shaken me.

Anvilcloud said...

How absolutely terrible. Words fail.

Badoozie said...

everything stinks right now

Gawdessness said...

I have avoided the story as much as possible.

Partly so my kids don't hear it and partly so I don't have to hear it.

But I know it is there. My prayers are with the families and the survivors.

Hope your cold is better soon.
Hope your night was a good one.

Gina said...

I don't understand why people in this country are so sick, and how they can go undetected for so long. Because surely, one does not just wake up suddenly able to kill innocent children, right?

Hope everyone starts to feel better soon.

Sue said...

The needless killing of innocent children is just so heartbreaking. Sometimes I wonder how much of it is the work of copy cat killers! They seem to come in bunches..
Hope your cold is starting to get better. The weather is getting chillier here...

Jenorama said...

I hear you. I am feeling very bleak and depressed lately and I can't shake it.

PI said...

I'm so sorry this awful tragedy has happened. It brings back memories or our own tragedy - Dunblane.

Kendra Lynn said...

Oh how sad. Its seems the world worsens each day...I take comfort in knowing that God heals broken hearts, and that His ways are far above ours. He sees what we cannot, and He loves those who are hurting.
I pray for those families, and for YOU, Ann.

Kendra

montchan said...

I know... I was too depressed to even blog about it.

Feel better soon! I have a terrible cold too.

HORIZON said...

It is all so very very sad- Keep well my friend,
bests

stefanierj said...

I was incoherent with rage and grief at work. Better today. Hope you are too.

Madcap said...

It's so horrible. I can't imagine how this must affect the Amish community.

Get well, get sleep, dear lady.

Tammy said...

My heart hurts very much over this...I posted on this subject too...I could hardly sleep last night for watching it all yesterday on the news...it is all getting to be too much...no wonder so many people have agoraphobia!!
:-(

PEA said...

My heart aches so much since I heard the news yesterday...if he was unhappy with his life and with God, then why couldn't he just do himself in, why take those innocent little girls with him??? I will never understand people like him and what kind of black heart they have to do such a thing. It actually went into the 70's here again today...hard to believe we had frost just the other morning! Hugs xox

Susan said...

I've spent the day trying to be conscious of all the good people I know, or know of, in the world, people who love their children and their spouses and partners and parents and friends, who tell the truth and take responsibility for their actions, who think about hoe the choices they make affect the people around them. Because I don't want this one moment to overshadow all the good. And there really is so much good out there.

And I think that's how I've been praying for the families of those poor girls.

Josie said...

I think of my little Freddie and Katherine, and I think of how someone could hurt beautiful, innocent little children and my heart breaks. The sadness those parents must be feeling is unbearable to think about. It's frightening to think about what will happen next. Once it starts, other people seem to get the idea and "copy cat" it. It's really frightening.

I hope your cold is better soon.

Josie

mreddie said...

This tragedy goes beyond understanding. Our senior's group went on a bus trip to Lancaster County last year. ec

wolfbaby said...

I hope ya'll are feelin better soon.. as for the other.. its certainly heartbreaking

mo-wo said...

I'll stand by my desire to not read or listen to the news on this anymore. They will try to give us the 'reason' it all gets worse and it is not about understanding anyway but as you say -- the ache

clairesgarden said...

I have heartfelt sorrow for those people, I have a friend who lost a little girl in a car accident and the hurt never goes away.

Alice said...

I mentioned it briefly on my Blog. If I started properly, I wouldn't have stopped.

Here's what I said in the comments of Zero Boss' post (where I first heard about it):

"Frankly, I don’t care WHAT someone did to him. Those girls were not the culprits. They had nothing to do with him, didn’t know him, nor had caused any slight to him in any way other than the fact that seemingly they were the ones singled out to be shot.

Those poor children. I feel sick. The only thing that is comforting me right now is that there is a special place in Hell reserved just for him, because that is exactly where that bastard is right now. And so he should be.

Sorry. End rant."


That about says it. And that's all I can feel right now when I think of it: sick.

Sick and angry.

The Mama said...

I know Ann, it's been horrible. I have literally felt sick every time I have given it much thought. Actually last night I started to get really angry too.

It seems as though the world is just getting scarier by the minute.

Jo said...

You have the kindest heart. I wish the world had more people, just like you, it would be a better place. Sorry you are getting sicker, I could have sworn I prayed you would get better, not visa versa. More prayers and good thoughts heading your way.

karrie said...

I have not been able to bring myself to read the full account of what happened to those poor little girls yet. Of all the places you would think are safe.....so sad.

Hope you're feeling a bit better today.

tina said...

I can only say that we, as humans, are all in this together. I don't know if that's comforting or not, but it is the truth.

JunieRose2005 said...

Hope you're feeling better by now!

Junie

Ann said...

I hope you and Elcie are feeling better.
About the Lancaster situation, all I can think is "what is the world coming to when children aren't even safe in an Amish schoolhouse?" I worry for my 2 little ones. I'm beginning to understand why some people chose to homeschool.

Carissa said...

You've certainly been busy while I've been offline! Been running and playing with the kids while they are on break and also obsessed with a new computer game....LOL! Trying to catch up on my blog writing and reading. The PA school shooting seems pretty unreal. I can't imagine someone walking into a peaceful Amish community and mowing down those poor little girls. I've also heard some pretty sick details of the gear he took into the classroom with him. I hope and pray that the fear and pain those little girls must have felt was short-lived and that their faith and friendship helped them through their last moments. I hear the community is considering tearing down the school and starting over with a new one.