Tuesday, February 19, 2008


On last Thursday Feb. 14th, I ran an errand by myself while our son Nick was home and watched Grace. In the car I heard on the radio the events at Northern Illinois University unfolding. When I came home I told Nick about the shootings and what had apparently happened on NIU's campus. I was already very emotional about it and Nick, who is 22 became teary and quite upset. 2 years ago we lived just 20 minutes away from DeKalb, Illinois where NIU is located. DeKalb is a sleepy college town of about 40,000 people. Nick's high school has many students that attend NIU after graduation, and he has 6-7 close friends that still are students there. Fortunately, later on we found out that his good friends were safe.

As a former resident of the northern Illinois area, I am saddened by these events. As a parent, I am horrified and heartbroken. Our son is a student at a large university. Where are our children safe? I don't know the answer anymore to that question. Since Columbine and multiple similar incidents like it have occured at schools, something very tragic has happened in our country. It has changed so much and it breaks my heart.

Please pray for the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy and also for the NIU community. May God grant them all strength through this tragic time.

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Story of our Life said...

I am not a college student, I'm not a parent of a child who goes to college, nor will I be any time soon.

However, the "date" of this tragic event has hit home to me much harder than I ever expected. I dont 'have the energy to go into detail here, nor do I care to.

I can't help but think the same things you said here. I can't homeschool my children and keep them safe. Yet, there are many days where I think I should never let them out of the house.

Unfortunately events like NIU have become just "another day". And that is what makes me so sad.

Ashley said...

What a tragedy. My prayers are many.
hugs to you, my friend.

Mob said...

What an awful tradgedy, and its becoming too frequent lately. Its really scary. My older daughter is in college too and it scares me. I just wish they had better gun control laws. There is no reason why a person who had mental issues should be running around with a gun.

Denise C said...

Thank you for your sweet b-day wishes to me...and I am so happy to meet you, Gail!
I just looked at your blog pics of beautiful Miss Grace! She is so precious!!
I am anxious to come back and visit again...and get to know you better, my new friend!
Sweet Blessings to you!

Angie said...

Gail, I have been and will continue to pray for all the families who have been affected by this awful tragedy. It just makes no sense but unfortunately it seems to be common place in our crazy world. I agree with you...where are our children safe? It is so scary to let them out of our site for even a moment.
Hugs to you and Nick....

OH MY #6 said...

Thank you for sharing this post.


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