A young man entered a Newtown, CT elementary school today, opened fire, and killed 20 children.
The news spread in an instant. I myself was in a meeting and by the time I was finished, the social landscape had been turned on its head.
Some folks cried for gun control, others said we should impeach the president.
Some defended their constitutional rights to bear arms, others said it was the fault of video games like Mass Effect and Call of Duty.
These conversations have been waged all day on your favorite social network of choice.
You pick a side, it’s there.
I initially decided not to write about this at all…and I refuse to take a side in this post.
As the initial shock waned in many I started to see a thing of beauty in my news feeds…my friends started posting photos and status updates about their children.
I challenge you to scroll through the following and not shed a tear.
My little one ran and jumped into my arms when I picked her up today. A relieved feeling on a sad, sad day.—
Tiffany Valla Hutto (@TiffanyVHutto) December 15, 2012
Didn't think I would get to hug my kid today! He just called. )k he needed money, but today I will take it! I will buy a hug today!—
(@dmcox) December 15, 2012
I'm about to pick up my 1st grader from school it's going to take everything for me to hold back tears.—
Blame The Label (@blamethelabel) December 14, 2012
My heart goes out to all those who are suffering today, I’ll be sure to keep your families in my prayers. Lord knows you need them more than ever.
While there are many mourning today, there are also many who took the time to think about their own situation, who they love, and what’s important to them. The web offers an amazing outlet of emotional relief when you otherwise might not know who to talk to.
This, my friends, is what social is about.
PS. To my family, I love you.