Loving the Little Children

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I saw the horrible news headlines last night about the shootings in Connecticut, and could hardly comprehend what I was reading. And then I also heard about the stabbings of children in China. My heart and stomach have turned to lead, and I hardly slept last night, imagining the horror those children, the adults with them, and their parents faced.  How could this happen? What is going on in our world?  It’s frankly really hard to imagine that I have anything worthwhile to post about at this moment in time. But I will just share something that has comforted me.

I have been thinking about all of the kindness we have seen as we have traveled. So much love from strangers, and so much affection for my daughter. I try to hold onto thoughts of these people, realizing that there are some extremely troubled individuals out there, who make a much larger impact in the headlines than those who steadily welcome children (and their parents) and simply love them without expecting anything in return. I choose to see these people, rather than being afraid that most people I meet are violent lunatics. My heart absolutely aches and grieves for all of those affected by this tragedy. I can’t help but think of the images seared into the minds of these children and the community around them. And I also try to come back to people like this gentleman in Antalya, who welcomed my daughter to come sit by him and play some music. This was the hallmark of our time in Turkey, in fact– there was so much love there for my child, from total strangers. They have given me comfort today. I cannot tell them, but I want to honor them, and others who reach out in love to my child.

I will be hugging, kissing and holding Amelia extra today (and the next, and the next) and doing my best to love the strangers around me, especially the children.

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6 Responses to Loving the Little Children

  1. sarah scott December 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    It’s so stunningly awful. There’s nothing to say that can even touch the horror felt when thinking of either situation – but your post is a nice reminder of the love out there. The kindness. The hope. So needed right now. Give that special girl an extra hug from us. xx

    • Ariana Mullins December 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Will do, Sarah, and of course give Maren a squeeze from us.

  2. Heidi December 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Beautifully written Arianna. Please give Amelia a hug for me.

  3. MeMock December 17, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Perfectly written! You captured it so well. I too battled with that news but for me my thoughts went elsewhere due to where I am currently staying. I would be interested to know your thoughts about what I wrote.
    https://www.memock.com/2012/12/15/love-thy-neighbour-instead-of-worrying-about-the-world/

    • Ariana Mullins December 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your really thoughtful post with me. I only now just read it, since I am pretty behind with my blog stuff, but really appreciated your perspective.

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