Because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
Too many parents have dropped their children off to school one morning, told them to have a good day, and said, “I’ll see you later.”
And they didn’t. Many even forgot to kiss them or tell them they loved them when they said their last goodbye.
Too many parents have gotten in an argument with their kids before they sent them off to school, and actually were relieved they didn’t have to deal with them until later that day.
But later that day they didn’t have the chance to deal with them…and never would again.
Sometimes we take the most precious things in our life for granted. And we don’t realize it.
Until it’s too late.
Today I’m thinking about all the parents whose children were victims of mass shootings. Parents who every day have to face a loss that’s beyond the scope of anything most of us have ever had to deal with.
They surely look back on the times they argued with their kids, yelled at them, and at times probably wish they’d never had them. Which of course they didn’t mean. And regret those thoughts and words for the rest of their lives.
But times change; circumstances change. And when the unimaginable happens, parents’ lives are changed forever, and not for good. They can’t take back things they wished they’d not said. They can’t apologize.
They can only live in the land of regret for the rest of their lives.
No parents are perfect. No children are perfect. But despite the problems and frustrations involved in raising children, they all love each other no matter what.
Families deserve the chance to love each other and grow together. Parents have the right to raise their children into adulthood.
And children have the right to a happy childhood and the right to grow from a child into an adult.
They don’t have the right to have that opportunity stolen from them by someone filled with hate and carrying a gun. Someone whose only motive is to destroy others with no regard for anything else.
Parents, hold your children close. Tell them you love them. Because they are a precious gift like no other you’ll ever have.
Parents, and grandparents, make your voices heard. It’s time to stop the senseless violence against our children that we’re seeing far too often. It’s time to speak up and demand change.
I do not want to hear about another senseless mass shooting, especially in a school where our children should be safe and not fearful. But unfortunately I probably will.
What is all of this doing to our children? They see the news reports, and worry about the “what if’s”. They shouldn’t have to. Growing up is hard enough without worrying about someone coming in to your school with a gun and trying to shoot you.
Parents, hold your children close and love them for all they’re worth.
Because their worth is immeasurable.