When it rain, it pours.
Well, you know Murphy's Law - if anything is going to happen it happens all at once!
As you all know I was moving into a new rental home, beginning December 1.
A few days before the end of the month my computer crashed.
I brought it into my local computer shop and they were only to happy to show me some lovely and very expensive shiny new computers.
Needless to say, money was tight. I just moved and Christmas is just around the corner.
I told them I would think about their expensive shiny new computers and went home to my pretty new digs.
By mid afternoon that December 1st day, I get a phone call from my family, a beloved Aunt has passed away that morning.
They had been trying to call me all day, but as usual my cell phone was anywhere but with me.
I had forgotten it out in my car.
The days and weeks that followed just blurred into one another.
This same week, a horrific murder took place in a small town close to where we live.
It is the same town I had raised my family.
I just couldn't believe it.
It was some sort of young love triangle.
Nicole, a grade 12 high school girl was murdered, she attended school here in Stratford.
Her new boyfriend was shot as well. He lives...but just barely.
The killer, an ex-boyfriend was charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.
For a week I was mourning the death of a family member,
and trying to deal with this awful event in my home town.
Then the unthinkable happens in another small town in America. Newtown, CT.
I just could not process what was happening.
What a tough month. For me.....for everyone.
I have settled comfortably in my new home, my Christmas tree is shining brightly,
but must confess my heart and mind was confused.
I am a true believer in inner peace makes outer peace,
but for a while I was struggling to find it.
But find it I did.
I think of those 20 sweet, precious babies and I don't think I will ever process or understand this tragedy.
Six teachers that gave the gift of educating. True hero's trying to protect their innocent charges.
And Nicole, know that there are 6 teachers in your mist I am sure would be more than happy to help with your grade 12.