Religions and Spirituality

Letters to the Editor

Act with Love and Kindness Always

222926d7d128c4e3e06a_mini_magick20180221-23486-1o4eej7.jpg
222926d7d128c4e3e06a_mini_magick20180221-23486-1o4eej7.jpg

When we moved to Parkland a few months ago, my dreams came true. I was near my family, I was away from the cold weather, I had a brand new house, even my very own swimming pool. Our street is lined with palm trees and is filled with children to play with my kids. We moved here for family, for weather, for happiness. We picked Parkland because it was the safest place with the very best schools. It felt like paradise.

During the past few days I have been paralyzed with grief, fear, anger. I have slept a lot. I saw others helping, grieving, comforting...but I was frozen. I'm not proud of that. But it's the truth.

On Wednesday night I gave my daughter a bath.

Sign Up for E-News

"Mommy, can I whisper a secret to you?"

"Of course you can."

"I am so scared," she whispered.

She knows. She heard everything. She saw us crying. She saw the helicopters, the SWAT team...she heard the sirens.

I pulled her out and wrapped her in my arms.

"You are safe with me. You are safe."

But my heart was pounding and my tears were flowing.

I am scared too.

I am actually paralyzed by fear that something like this could happen to someone else.

I drove my son to school yesterday. Emotionally, he seems better than expected. He doesn't seem scared to go to school. My neighbors always drive him, but they had a funeral to attend. They lost a close friend -- a beautiful 14 year old girl who was murdered at our High School. I cried so hard driving away from the school that I actually got lost. I can't find words to explain how I feel. I don't even want to find the words.

My sister attended the funeral of a high school freshman boy who was also murdered at our High School on Wednesday. She was there to be on hand for anyone that needed the support that she can offer. She wants to help absorb other people's anguish. She is stronger than me.

I am drawing on the love, strength and compassion around me.

I am not going to sleep anymore.

I will be a voice against guns.

I still have my children and I will help in ways that I can.

I will be the best person I can be, and teach my children to act with love and kindness always.

Editor's Note:  Lauryn Shapiro is married to Michael Shapiro, Founder of TAPinto.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Parkland

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_351a7ffadfc492870e50_tap_logo_-_parkland_-_300_dpi_-_8incheswide

Fri, April 20, 1:30 PM

Parkland

Afternoon Board Games (adults)

Carousel_image_f9b8002b86d740d982c9_parklandfarmersmarket

Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

Equestrian Center at Temple Park, Parkland

Parkland Farmers' Market: Public Safety Day and ...

Wed, May 2, 7:00 PM

City Hall Commission Chambers, Parkland

City Commission Meeting

Robber Doesn't Let Stabbing Deter Him

April 19, 2018

A convenience store clerk didn't wait around to see what else the robber had up his sleeve. Once the suspect made his criminal intentions clear, the employee defended himself with a knife and then ran out of the store.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies need help identifying the man who stole cash from the 7-Eleven at 14 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

It's around 2:40 a.m.

Welfare Check Leads to Death Investigation

On the evening of April 17, Pompano Beach Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 906 N.E. 24th Avenue to conduct a welfare check on Patrick Palmer after he missed several days of work. Upon entering, deputies observed blood on the floor and found Palmer unconscious with injuries to his arms. As they continued to search the residence, they discovered the body of an unidentified ...

Distraction Thieves Go with Plan B

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify two thieves caught on camera using distraction tactics to steal approximately $1,600 worth of jewelry the afternoon of March 5 from a Weston jewelry store.

Just after 1 p.m., two men, believed to be in their 20s, entered Mia of London located at 4529 Weston Road under the pretext of having a Cartier ...