What a horrible few weeks it has been. Such hatred in Wisconsin right now. Hatred in the comments made on online news articles. Hatred on the television. Hatred in the streets of my city.
And now the images from Japan. My heart feels like lead.
This morning, I volunteered as a reading tutor at my kids' school. My two little students are making such wonderful progress. They are so smart. My first little girl wanted to help me make the word flash cards, so I let her. She told me she wanted to be a teacher one day. My second little girl was talking about how she got a puppy over spring break. I asked her if she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grows up, and she smiled and tipped her head to the side and said, "I want to be a teacher . . . or a helper, just like you." I smiled and got her busy reading aloud to me, and then I put my hand to my face so she couldn't see me crying silent tears.
God bless these little ones on their way. How could I ever keep hatred in my heart when I look at their hopeful faces.
"And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shine until tomorrow. Let it be."