I usually try to avoid writing ‘non-literacy’ posts back to back but today it can’t be avoided. It can’t be avoided because this blog is not only a professional one but also a blog I use to track important things that happen in the lives of our family. It can’t be avoided because our community suffered a terrible loss yesterday. It can’t be avoided because I can’t think about anything else let along write about anything else.
Yesterday at 5:30pm a sweet 6 year old little girl from Caroline and Katherine’s elementary school was struck by a car and killed. Each bit of information we learned made the story worse and worse. Kelly was playing at a friend’s house. Her mother had come to pick her up and was watching when the friend’s au pair reversed the family car in the driveway. Kelly was playing with chalk behind the car. She was killed instantly.
We received a phone call at 10pm last night from our principal so we would have time to process the information before telling the girls this morning. I have felt cold and foggy since then. No matter what I do, I can’t get warm. No matter what I do, I can’t stop the terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. Our community is now the one with ‘grief counselors on hand’. Those are campus’ on the news. Not ours. Only today it is ours.
Please hold this sweet little girl, her family and all the families in our community in your hands today.