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Old 14.12.2012, 22:34
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Hug your children

My son will be getting some extra love tomorrow. This tragedy in Connecticut has me shaken up a bit. My heart is on the floor and I even shed a few tears, even as I'm typing this. So I guess my point is show your children you love them cause you never know if they're coming home or not. I cannot imagine what those parents are going through. I feel like waking up my son and smothering him with hugs and kisses grateful that he's still here with us.
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Old 14.12.2012, 22:42
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Re: Hug your children

I feel the same way...

After reading some of the stories of the parents at that school and then thinking about all the grieving parents in the world right now (not only in the U.S.), I went into tears and then grabbed my little boy, held him tight and covered him with kisses.

I really cannot think of anything more horrible for a person to endure than losing his or her child.
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Old 14.12.2012, 23:38
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Re: Hug your children

i just put my son to bed. he was tired long before but i just couldn't let him go. we were making cookies together and listening to a radio station (in connecticut for the xmas songs, strangely) when we heard the news and i think my quick tears shocked him. it's just so heartbreaking, so incredibly sad. i remember being trained as a teacher many times for moments like this, but the incredible strength and swiftness of the teachers during this moment is amazing and so sad that it is something that you have to actually do. i will keep my son close and my students as well
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You're Americans right?
It does not take a tragedy for me to give my kids a n extra hug at night.
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Old 15.12.2012, 00:27
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You're Americans right?
It does not take a tragedy for me to give my kids a n extra hug at night.
sometimes those hugs take on more meaning than you realize. regardless of what your nationality is, just knowing what other parents are going through. try having a heart and not being such a condescending ....
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Old 15.12.2012, 01:21
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Re: Hug your children

I am not particularly religious (bordering on atheist) but the teachings of my youth comes back to me at a time like this:

"And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

May they rest in peace.
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Old 15.12.2012, 08:38
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Re: Hug your children

Last night when I went to bed, I first went to my kids to hug and kiss them. My thoughts were to those parents who won't be able to do it again. And I also thought of all the parents around the world who also lost their child in illness, accidents, war, tragedies.

It is not just about what happened in Connecticut but what all these parents went throw. Yesterday, it was something that reminded us what human nature is capable to do to innocent children.
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You're Americans right?
It does not take a tragedy for me to give my kids a n extra hug at night.
There is no need to draw lines in this manner in the face of this senseless and horrific event.

The point is that regardless of our nationality, our race, our views on religion, our views about politics, or whatever, the thought of the parents of those children sending them off to school yesterday morning, never to see them alive again, is something that we cannot fathom or make sense of.

Cherish your children. Don't take the ability to hug them for granted. Can't we all appreciate that right now without pointing fingers?

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Old 15.12.2012, 09:06
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Re: Hug your children

There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a child.

It would be easy to point to America's gun culture as the source of this horrendous tragedy but Norway's tragedy in July of last year is proof it can happen anywhere.

May our children never have to face anything so horrific.
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You're Americans right?
It does not take a tragedy for me to give my kids a n extra hug at night.
Way to take a thoughtful and caring sentiment and turn it into an opportunity to take a jab at someone.

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Bravo.



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Old 15.12.2012, 09:21
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Re: Hug your children

Give love spread love everyday irrespective of the tragedy - that's how it should work.

If I had a saying in this matter I would have instantly disarmed the whole world and detained the loonies. Hope one day governments will take it serious while pushing for firearms regulation bills. If its not about the time now when will that be?

My Xmas wish to find strength and provide support to all those families who lost their beloved ones. RIP
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Old 15.12.2012, 09:24
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Way to take a thoughtful and caring sentiment and turn it into an opportunity to take a jab at someone.

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Yesterday, a seven-year child in Kanton Zug wanted to jump out of a third floor window of his school house. A possible tragedy was luckily avoided but many children were shocked at what they saw.

Yeah, America sucks with its availablity of weapons for mass destruction, but tragedies can happen anywhere.
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Yeah, America sucks with its availablity of weapons for mass destruction, but tragedies can happen anywhere.
This was my main point with that comment. Apparently it's OK to jump on the American hate bandwagon. But if this happened to 20 kids on the Gaza and someone made a comment about "you must be muslim" people would jump all over that person and certainly not "thank" them for the comment.

Hate is hate. Racism is racism.

Comments like that one disgust me.
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This was my main point with that comment. Apparently it's OK to jump on the American hate bandwagon. But if this happened to 20 kids on the Gaza and someone made a comment about "you must be muslim" people would jump all over that person and certainly not "thank" them for the comment.

Hate is hate. Racism is racism.

Comments like that one disgust me.
I don't hate Americans, far from it, in fact I would say I really like Americans.

What I do hate is 'false grief' and Americans are pretty good at that.
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Old 15.12.2012, 12:11
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This was my main point with that comment. Apparently it's OK to jump on the American hate bandwagon. But if this happened to 20 kids on the Gaza and someone made a comment about "you must be muslim" people would jump all over that person and certainly not "thank" them for the comment.

Hate is hate. Racism is racism.

Comments like that one disgust me.
Just in case you hadn't noticed EF is not exactly a consistent haven of sensitivity and good taste...
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Just in case you hadn't noticed EF is not exactly a consistent haven of sensitivity and good taste...
Maybe I missed it but where was the outpouring of grief for the other kids killed all over the world yesterday, or the day before that, or the day before that................
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This was my main point with that comment. Apparently it's OK to jump on the American hate bandwagon. But if this happened to 20 kids on the Gaza and someone made a comment about "you must be muslim" people would jump all over that person and certainly not "thank" them for the comment.
If it happened to 20 kids in Gaza I wonder if there would even be a thread about it.
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Old 15.12.2012, 12:35
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If it happened to 20 kids in Gaza I wonder if there would even be a thread about it.
It is more a question of idealism governing our societies. Idealists who write and run legislations and politicians who manage our environment fail to take into account possibilities of rotten apples that corrupt the whole basket. They fail to resolve deep socio-economic problems that are obviously linked to such incidents.

The people get more aggrieved and shocked with such incidents in theoretically smoothly running systems but take it as obvious incidents happening in conflict and war ridden countries. Hence there is different level of embracing and comprehending similar tragedy. That's how we humans respond to it.

To me it is a same level of human suffering and it shouldn't be regarded as less or more depending on the nation.
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Maybe I missed it but where was the outpouring of grief for the other kids killed all over the world yesterday, or the day before that, or the day before that................
Exactly my point, the forum is not consistent in this respect. Although we did have a passionate outpouring of grief for minks and other furry creatures that are used to make coats....
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