'Blossom' Star Jenna von Oy's Emotional Essay on Growing Up in Newtown Brings Comfort
Mayim Bialik isn't the only child star turned outspoken celeb mom who starred in the '90s hit Blossom. Jenna von Oy, who played Six on the show and went on to become a country singer, has gotten vocal in the media this week -- but not about breastfeeding or attachment parenting. She's written a piece for People about the horrendous massacre in Newtown -- because it affected her in a "profoundly personal way."
That's because she grew up there. She graduated from Newtown High School, got married two years ago in a bed and breakfast on its Main Street, and recently had her daughter christened at St. Rose, where the vigil was held Friday evening. So, it's definitely not as though she's discussing the tragedy in an attempt to turn the spotlight on herself.
Instead, she's doing what she can to offer an insider's perspective and communicate her grief to all of those who were affected -- some who were friends of hers growing up, people she went to church or high school with.
Among the many touching, important thoughts she has on the nightmare her town is going through, Jenna writes:
My family still lives in Newtown and, in my heart of hearts, I still consider myself one of its residents. My attachment is deep-rooted. We are mourning the loss of some of our own this week, and it is a sobering reminder that violence does not discriminate. It can hit close to home.
Reporters have been trying to draw observations like Jenna's out of tons of Newtown residents. Sometimes it's been easy, other times it's been next to impossible, and we can't help but break down watching these poor families try to respond to questions they simply don't have the heart to answer at this moment.
Meanwhile, despite being deeply heartbroken and emotional by the tragedy herself, Jenna was somehow able to shed some light on what it's like to be from Newtown right now. And upon reading that she believes "the residents of Newtown will rise up with love and strength in the face of their suffering," we can believe her. After all, she should know. And that in itself is simply but truly comforting.
What do you make of Jenna von Oy's story?
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