Editors note: Well buckle up my friends. Frank’s Place has it’s first guest author. We don’t just dip our toe in. We got a heavy hitter who is weighing in on a heavy subject. Mrs Frank’s Place is letting it all flow out on the latest mass shooting in America.
I don’t generally write on intense topics because I don’t have the voice for it. I feel wholly and uniquely unqualified. Maybe that’s just an excuse. But it’s one I’ve come to accept.
My wife, as those that know her will attest, has the voice for it. I can tell you she is way out of her comfort zone going public with her thoughts. It’s a tough thing to lay your thoughts out in the public sphere. But she stepped out there and I’m honored she did it here. So I offer you her voice without reservation or disclaimer.
Here now Mrs Frank’s Place on the latest mass shooting in America.
My husband and I belong to an unofficial group of people that no one ever wants to join. It is informal yet exclusive. Circumstances vary vastly on how we became part yet our empathy and compassion run deep for each other. Although we don't truly understand each other completely we can identify with the pain, agony, despair, darkness and unimaginable places that we know each other has been and may continue to live part or all of each day. We can tell you that you do not want to be part of this group and you do not want your family or friends to be part of it either.
My husband and I are parents that have lost a child.
I write this today after yesterday. And after all the yesterdays I have seen since we lost our Linda Claire. I think that often I can't do something because it is little or I don't have time or I don't have the energy or what will people say or I don't want to go deep in a public space or mostly because I don't want to expose my own pain or any other excuse I could come up with . . . . However, today I decided to let all my excuses go and make my request.
Please do whatever it is that you feel you should actively do to stop our children from being gunned down. I don't know what that is for you. I do know that it doesn't seem to be stopping & it doesn't seem that anyone is immune. So I ask - please do one thing to help your community and our nation so that another parent does not have to experience the loss of a child.
One actionable thing.
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