My heart feels heavy today, as I grapple with assimilating the loss to my community and consider how to move ahead.
School starts in two weeks and parents like myself, are running around trying get our kids set for this. I live about 1/2 mile from the theater and reminders of the tragedy are everywhere. I have avoided driving by the theater, which my family has frequented for more than 15 years, but there are signs in remembrance on fences and light poles and news crews, everywhere. I have to absorb this in doses so as not to be overwhelmed.
I am the President of the local Woman’s Club in Aurora, working hard to build and be part of something positive in this community. I am completely dedicated to this cause and hope that my neighbors are inspired to come together in ways such as this, so we can support and even distract each other from what looks to be very trying times ahead.
I’ve read about how no one joins anything anymore and I feel just the opposite. I want to be part of something. I want to contribute and stand up for my beliefs. I want to be a person who others can rely on. I want to resolve problems and not create them.
I am so sorry for the families who have been affected by the shooting, especially those who have lost a loved one. I will try to be a better person because of this and I only hope that I am able.