In the Wake of The Tragedy in Toronto

torontoToday my city, my home, is reeling from the senseless act of violence that took the lives of 10 people and injured 15 more yesterday afternoon, minutes away from where I grew up.

A man deliberately plowed his van through sidewalks of people, taking their lives, people he didn’t know, people who were simply taking a walk on a sunny day.

I feel so many things right now. Grief, of course. Rage, definitely. Most of all I feel a debilitating sense of powerlessness. No matter how much I talk to my daughter about strangers and mean girls, I can’t protect her from something like what happened yesterday. It’s hard not to wonder why we would ever bring children into a world where things like this occur.

But I did. And she is everything. And today life continues somehow. It must. And all I can do is love my daughter as much as I can, be as present with her as possible,¬† and not take anything for granted. There are many things about this world that I find impossible to accept. Most, like yesterday’s tragic events, are not in my power to change. All I can do, with the precious moments we have, is to give my child the most safe and loving home I possibly can. Because that is in my power to do. And that’s a lot.

Be Safe Toronto. I love you. #TorontoStrong



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