1. I was working with a gal whose younger sister was still at Columbine High School. She rushed home after getting a call from her mother. Thank God, her sister was ok.
2. My youngest daughter was a freshman in high school across town and locked down. For her, this became a defining moment and the first experience of mortality and violence in this very typical suburban neighborhood. She has never forgiven me for making her go to school the next day, instead of staying home and watching the never ending coverage of this horrific event. When she is a mother herself, she will understand the need go on and rise above.
3. My oldest daughter was a freshman in college. She didn't understand the impact it would have on her life, until I told her that the daughter of her most favorite teacher of all time was one of the 13 victims. Dawn Anna was her 7th grade teacher and stayed in contact with her until her high school graduation, even attending her National Honor Society induction when she was a senior. Lauren Townsend was Miss Anna's daughter and a senior at the time.
In memory of the 13 victims, many more injured both in body and spirit, all I can offer is the hope of peace and love and memory.