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We Carry You in Our Hearts: From Littleton, Colorado to Newtown, Connecticut

Just sharing from experience

Dear Newtown, I just wanted to pass a note along.

My name is Kirsten Casey, and I am from Littleton, Colorado. I was 17 when Columbine happened, and anytime something horrific like Columbine, or Sandy Hook, or the Aurora theater happens, it feels like wounds are being ripped open all over again.

I was not a student at Columbine, but at Dakota Ridge, where President Clinton spoke days later. I wanted to let you know that I feel for you, as does the entire country, but I also know what its like to have reporters and news media taking over your entire town.

I know how it feels to have to relive the same thing over and over again because they think Americans can’t get enough of the story. I also wanted to let you know that things do get better.

You’ll always mourn those who lost their lives, and things will never be ‘normal’ again. But if you let time heal as it should, you’ll be able to start a new normal. One where people love each other a little bit more, and fight a little bit less. One where you start to feel safer and far more grateful because you came together as a community.

So, please, take a moment to breathe, hug people a little bit tighter. Keep your heads up and know that the worst of it is over.

E.E. Cummings once wrote, ‘I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart). We’ll be carrying you in our hearts.

Kirsten Casey

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Susan December 21, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Kirsten, thank you. I am from Lakewood, CO - transplanted here to Connecticut for the last 15 years. I live in Monroe now, the town just to the south of Newtown and the town that will now be providing a school building for the Sandy Hook children. Columbine is always in my heart. It was built, I well remember, in 1973 in order to handle the huge overflow in my high school, Bear Creek. I had friends who went to school there. I substitute taught there myself many times. I had friends who had children who attended Columbine - both thankfully home sick during the shooting. That was in 1998 very shortly after I had moved to Connecticut. A month later, I went "home" to visit and was so moved and shaken by all the memorials.... in my home. I thought I would never be that close to anything like this again in my lifetime, yet here I am. Thank you so much for your kind words and for thinking of us. Newtown is the last place you'd expect this - just like Columbine was. Peace and blessings, and give my homelands and big hug for me - it's been way too long!

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