United we stand: Six parents speak out

Maybe we can change the world. The tragedy that has hit our country is one that will forever change all of us. Despite all of the horror and pain, something good must come from this. I am eight months pregnant with my first child and I can't help but worry about the kind of world my child will grow up in. I pray that this is truly the point when not just the U.S., but also the entire world says, "We have had enough!" I know that this is probably not much consolation to anyone who has lost a loved one in this terrible event, but if we can truly do something to change the world, then they will not have died in vain. It's going to take a lot of effort and dedication, but if the world unites, as it seems willing to do, we will be triumphant! May God bless all who lost a loved one, as well as those who are working so hard to find the missing. My prayers are with all of you.

To the terrorists:

  • Thank you for strengthening my relationship with God.
  • Thank you so much for showing me all the wonderful acts of courage and kindness.
  • Thank you for arousing in my fellow countrymen and me a vibrant sense of patriotism.
  • Thank you for reminding me that those in other countries are my friends and my neighbors.
  • Thank you for reminding me to spend more time listening to my daughter.
  • Thank you for making me realize what my partner’s devotion to his country by serving in the Air Force truly means.
  • Thank you for giving me the courage to reach out to strangers.
  • Thank you for reminding me that it is better to turn the other cheek when offended rather than lash back.
  • Thank you for reminding me to pray, not just at mealtime and bedtime.
  • Thank you for making me contact my friends and family for no reason at all other than to tell them that I love them.
  • Thank you for making me realize that every day, indeed, every moment, is dear.
  • Thank you for helping me see the good in mankind, and for reminding me that for every one of you, there are millions like us.

I know that I am blessed. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and my children are playing together. Yes, there is chaos in the world. There are those that choose to hate and be angry. But life is just too short. Too unpredictable. I refuse to waste my time dwelling in the negative. I've made a conscious decision to be happy and I will not let anyone take that away from me.

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