While the Newtown Massacre was happening this morning…
I was being a brontosaurus, falling into an audience of kindergarteners, and first and second graders just to make them laugh. I had complained when I had to wake up at 5am this morning to get into a van and drive for two hours to do 2 shows. I was complaining because it felt so early to go make kids laugh and clap and have a great time while learning about things like teamwork and cooperation.
I don’t think the guy who committed the Newtown Massacre was complaining. I imagine that he was preparing to make his big statement, and do the OPPOSITE of what I was going to do that day.
He was busy preparing to destroy hundreds of lives in Newtown, and no matter how many times we hear about these shooting sprees, see them, and cry about them, they keep happening.
I consider myself a tough guy, but I just lost it over this one, and I don’t know why. Maybe the Newtown Massacre was the last straw. Anyway, I grabbed a camera because I wanted to remember how I felt and what I was thinking:
I hope I see this in the future, and realize that this event is what changed everything. Then it might all be worth it.
The strange thing is that all morning, I was singing a song by my friend Joel Henry Stein that is all about peace called “This Xmas”. One of the lines is “What I want this Christmas, is write ‘Peace’ on Santa’s Wish List”. Later on he says “And you may say that the time will come, but it can never be now… and you may say you want it too, but you just don’t know how….”
Well, what are we gonna do now?
What is the OPPOSITE of this tragedy, and how can we do MORE OF THAT?