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 Post subject: Cool things kids and others are doing to move on
Post Posted: Sep 29, 2006 6:33 pm 
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Sometimes the hardest part of grief is deciding when to start picking up the pieces and start living again. I've been really touched by some examples of brave people trying to take the next step:

PCHS cross country runners making a brave appearance at the meet at Columbine. Lucky - no press! Woo hoo!

Kids at a slumber party last night turned off the TV and internet and spent the night writing poems and hanging them all over town.

Kids at a party trading in their beers for hugs and songs and marshmallows instead.

People refusing interviews, keeping info private, and playing stupid to the press to protect the victims.

Staff working to heal themselves in time to be okay for the students.

What else have you noticed?


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Well...my 7 year old went to bed Wednesday night and asked that each and every one of her stuffed animals be in bed with her. She said that "they were scared and needed to feel safe." We all know what she really meant, I think.....

So, as I'm tucking them all in with her, she pulled her favorite bear out and said "my first bear is sleeping right over there (separate from her bed) so that "that girl" has someone to sleep with tonight too."

Not sure if you were looking for something like that...but it just kind of sums up everything for me in some way.

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That's pretty deep for a seven-year-old.

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Great Ralstonlass,
you just made the tears come flooding back. What a sweet sensitive child you have, I hope she holds onto that innocence for a very long time.

Sounds like you handled/explained the situation in terms she can understand. Good job


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We have a room full of PCHS boys playing Xbox. They have all just stayed busy. I was going to post a topic earlier about the way the boy's and girl's handle situations like this different. The footage on TV seems to focus on the girls showing raw emotion. We have boys and they just seem to stay busy and occupied. They are actually doing better than my wife and I. Hopefully tomorrow will be the real beginning of putting this behind us. We knew Emily and I can promise she will never be left behind. She will always be a part of our lives. I promise Emily!


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OH my Ralstonlass that made me cry. Let your little one know how WONDERFUL that is! :angel:

How great to know there are wonderful little ones being raised right that will be the adults of this crazy world in the future!

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Ralstonlass, that is absolutely the nicest, sweetest thing I have heard in a long time. And it came straight from pure love and concern from the heart of a child.

I would say you've done a good job 'Mom'. Thank you for sharing that.

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I wish I could go to the football game tomorrow. Sounds like what they have organized will be a thoughtful mix of rememberance, honor, and life celebration. It will probably also be a struggling mix of tears and cheers for all. Hope they have good weather tomorrow afternoon.


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Ralstonlass, you brought my tears back too, I only hope I will be and can be as good of as a mom as you are! Great Job, give her a hug for me!!!


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My dad was here this weekend to help my sister move from Arizona. On his last night here, as we all sat and watched MASH, I just sat back and watched him. He is my hero, my insight, my light. I watched and tried to find something to hold onto...it may be Christmas before I see him again. Sometimes it is best just to watch and listen--maybe not to the words, but to the sounds and the feelings. Even smiles make noise...a beard moving, lips curling...again the symphony of the world.

I watched and my heart filled. It's never easy to say good-bye, even if it isn't for long. But I sat and watched and listened, and just having him there, though we didn't converse...my heart mended, knowing minutes later I'd say farewell, 'til we meet again.


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