Last week (exactly) a woman in our neighborhood was murdered. Our peaceful community that is quiet and away from almost everything has been rocked. I have been absolutely shaken! Without exaggeration, this has hit WAY too close to home! I was affected so much by it, that today is the first time in a week that I’ve left the house alone to take a walk with Brody.
One of my favorite things about moving here almost two years ago is the distance the community has from the busy-ness of the city. It feels like we’re tucked in away from it all, surrounded by cow fields and nature. I have taken to walking a few mornings a week because Brody really enjoys it. I find serenity in the surrounding views and I’ve been trying to get the baby weight off. I was on the brink of cabin fever today which was the push I needed to get me out the door.
Last Wednesday we were on our walk a bit later in the day and just a street away from where the incident took place. I don’t know any of the details- why it happened or what time. They’ve arrested the person who is most likely the one responsible for this heinous crime. On our walk I noticed the neighborhood dogs were all barking. We’re still a newish development so there was construction and landscaping taking place as I made my way down the streets so I didn’t think anything of it. I just remember thinking the dogs sounded pretty loud and aggressive. In the very last moments of this woman’s life, I can’t help but wonder if we were that close to it, and that’s what has terrified me the most.
I realize that Brody is still too young to have to worry about it, but it got me thinking about how I might approach the topic of tragedy and difficult stuff once he is old enough to ask questions and sense that something is wrong. As a parent, how do you even approach conversations that center around scary or sad circumstances?
Tonight several of us gathered in our park to pay our respects and show the evil that took place here that fear will not rule over our community. Our eyes have been opened to what it means to be a neighbor and challenged us to link arms and take care of one another.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. As parents and educators of young children, have you had to discuss sensitive subjects with your children? What approach did you take? How did they respond?