Saturday, December 15, 2012

We Refuse To Cower.

Santa breakfast this morning. Held at the school. We were there.

Behold the power of Santa.

We're still living our lives. Nothing has changed - the world continues to be a dangerous place, and no one gets out of this alive. Refusing to live your life because of what might happen is not an option. The kids know that evil is out there, that they are to run from it if they can, and face it if they must.

And that danger will only come to them over their father's lifeless body.

That is all.


Daniel in Brookline said...


Glenn B said...

Too bad those children, even though so young, did not have a clue how to face it yesterday. I taught my children early on, if they ever encountered a hopeless situation like that, or something like an abduction, to attack using teeth, fingernails, whatever they could grab to use as a weapon (pens, pencils, whatever)to try to survive. It seems the teachers were never taught that nor the children and that is a shame in today's world because maybe they would have stood a chance. Seems that kids (heck even adults) are rarely taught to face it if it gets that bad. There is really nothing else to do but to fight as best you can if you cannot hide effectively or run and get away. Nice to see you have taught yours what may need to be done - face it - and I assume to fight back if no other option to escape - perish the thought they ever need to do it.

You are right though, we must continue to live our lives. May you and yours stay safe through this Christmas season and ever on.

All the best,
Glenn B

Old NFO said...

Well done!

Skibum92 said...

I mourn the loss of the innocent, and had a talk with my nine year old girl and told her in no certain terms that 1) Situational Awareness is key, 2) there are monsters in this world - real monsters, that look like people, but have a hunger for blood far worse than any imaginary vampire, and 3) 95% percent of people in the is world are good, but you can't defend against crazy.

That is why her Dad carries a gun every day of his life. That is why I will join you and not cower or hide.

PJS said...

Well said.

Andie said...

With each crummy things that happens in the world, my favorite Emily Dickinson quote comes to mind:

"The little things are infinitely the most important."

Life does go on, and it makes me proud to see folks reach out to those around them to help them accomplish it, too. :)

Geodkyt said...


While her mother and I have always emphasized, "Fight like there's no tomorrow, 'cause there may not be," to Sweet Daughter (7) when explaining bad guys, there's not a whole lot of realistic chance for resistance when a madman is gunning down kindergarteners. The teachers? Hell, yes. Older (larger) kids? Hell yes. Abductors? hell, yes.

Guy shooting up 5 and 6 year olds? Not so much for the 5 and 6 years olds. AT BEST, they are only going to be distractions, only now they've gotten closer to a threat who probably isn't a very good shot at longer ranges. Now, a distraction would be good for their classmates, but forgive me, I'm trying to maximize my daughter's odds.

We have told her, in such a case, disappear, and the first chance you think you have, get out, via window if necessary, and run like Hell, while weaving. Without waiting for permission or anyone else. She has been taught what nearby RV points to use where we trust she'll be safe.

When she's old enough and large enough that an out of shape video gamer bent on achieving fame in teh only way he can cannot toss her across the room one handed, then we'll discuss active engagement as a higher priority -- but "escape" from a shooter is her best bet unless and until she's in a position to offer a more pointed (and preferrably distanced) resistance likely to end the incident there.

It's one thing to suggest an adult or high schooler (even a middle schooler, in some cases) attack a gunman. It's another thing to advise it for small children who still think Santa Claus is real and are small enough to be bounced on the knees of arthritic grandparents. I don't expect kittens to take on rabid wolves, but many a small critter has survived by evasion.