I'm shaken up this morning.
I woke up and went about my day like I normally do, sat down at my computer with a cup of coffee and started checking emails.
Dear blogging friend Carrie, left a message on my Facebook wall asking if I was okay. If my family was safe. I hadn't opened twitter yet so the news of the horrible Dark Knight theater shooting in Aurora hadn't reached me yet. If you have no idea what I'm talking about visit 9news.com for more info.
I'm stunned. Why would someone do this?
I don't live near the shooting in Aurora but I used to. The mall where this theater is located was where I went shopping on my lunch hour when I used to work for a living. Luckily it's far from where I live now and I'm really happy for that.
There is a reason that Keith and I live where we do. He grew up in this area and we feel safe here. Yes, there is crime like all places but we feel like it's mostly a good place to live and raise our kids.
It may be a false sense of security.
The need to protect my children is always in the forefront of my mind. I'm constantly on the lookout for things I need to protect them from. Today, I'm thinking.....what would I do if this happened to us.
What on earth are you supposed to do when someone throws a gas canister into a theater and starts shooting? Do you hit the ground? Do you try to get out? I don't even know.
Today...I'm tempted to lock the doors and hold everyone tight. And pray for the victims of the Dark Knight.
My local friend Mary-Frances has a post about how to talk to your kids about the Aurora theater shooting tragedy.
How to help children deal with tragedy.