I'm sitting at my computer as I would on a typical day when I'm crafting a blog post. Do I write about something design-related? How can I write about something so mundane when there are people struggling with unfathomable grief? On Friday, as the news of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut broke and details emerged, I went to Twitter to express my feelings. Social media provides us with an easy outlet to express ourselves. I ranted about the power of the gun lobby while others engaged in their usual Twitter banter. I withheld shock and contempt for their insensitivity, hoping that these folks just hadn't yet heard the news. But even I was back to my usual banter on Saturday when my day's activities distracted me from the bigger picture.
I could be writing about holiday gift ideas or how to decorate with Pantone's Color of the Year 2013, Emerald. But I'm thinking about the parents of those 20 children. How do they face the empty beds where their babies slept and the seats at the dinner table where they sat? How often will they bury their noses into those bed linens and unwashed clothes to catch a whiff of their child's scent, hoping to capture it before it fades? How does anyone cope with such unspeakable loss?
This event affects us so palpably because of the age and innocence of its victims. But every day, there is senseless violence that robs someone of a mother, a father, a child, a sister, a brother, a relative or a friend. Not just here, but abroad. In the Mid-East, in Africa and elsewhere. Before we return to our "new normal," let's all honor the memory of those who have lost their lives to senseless violence. I applaud Ann Curry, challenging us to do #26Acts of kindness, and all those who do selfless acts to help others or effect change. I'm in. I hope you are too.