Emilie Parker, 6, was one of the victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and her father Robbie Parker spoke with reporters Saturday night, the video from which has gone viral. You might expect that a father whose kindergartner was just murdered would be angry, incensed, or wrathful. But not Mr. Parker. The words he shared came from a place of love, compassion, and hope. He's not mad, he's inspired, and he asks that we, too, keep the sentiment of love with us to better our communities, our states, and our nation.
He described his daughter as bright, creative, and very loving. She was an exceptional artist who always carried around markers and pencils, and was quick to make a card or draw a picture for someone who was sad or frustrated -- he says that Emilie would've been one of the first people to offer love and support to the victims, not because of any parenting he and his wife could'vd done, but because that is a gift that was given to her from above.
The gift of childhood.
I can't imagine the pain and hurt and sorrow, but as Mr. Parker pleads, we should try and deal with the anger so that we can become more helpful and warmhearted members of society.
As we move on from what happened here ... let it not turn into something that defines us, but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate, and more humble people.
Let's honor Emilie and her classmates by remembering Mr. Parker's encouraging words, and let's help all our children become better, more compassionate, and more humble people.
To help the Parkers, you can donate to Emilie Parker's fund by visiting her Facebook page.
Do you find Mr. Parker's words inspiring?
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