By now, we’ve all seen the news about and interviews with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, each of them a teenager who is poised and prepared beyond any of our commonly held concepts of typical teenagery. The reason for their sudden appearance in the limelight is tragic and terrible, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that the kids are impressive as hell.
We applaud their resolve and passion, and we ponder the range of emotion their parents must continually experience: from terror and fear to sadness and, we assume, immeasurable pride.
While everyone’s story is different, it sure seems like there are a number of amazing parents in Parkland who are raising kids with the kind of awareness and understanding that we’ve seen from this group, not to mention the strength to stand back and offer support and the assistance needed. It can’t be easy, and we have nothing but the utmost respect for those involved.
We also can’t help but feel a little shame, because although we welcomed the supportive tweets from our former First Family, using language like “we’ve got your backs” and “we’re behind you” rings discordantly in our ears. Children are supposed to rely on adults to be the adults in the room, and it sounds like we’ve abdicated our responsibility and are sending our kids into a battle ahead of us.
This makes us all the more interested in cultivating the future we’re all relying upon.
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