The hardest thing about this for me has been the age. I know how much I love to play with my cousins, nieces, and nephews when they’re no longer babies but not quite yet older. Ages five, six, and seven are so special to me because everyone’s child at that age is a future astronaut, father, wife, husband, President, race car driver, football player, ballerina – no one really knows or has any reason to know yet. It’s just all potential. It’s that time before there are jocks, geeks, outcasts, nerds, smart kids, and challenged ones. Those ages represent that innocent time when kids start to get their own personalities right before our eyes and begin discovering the world before it can start affecting their imaginations and dreams back. That innocence is so painfully evidenced by the 5-year old who tried to protect his teacher saying he knew karate. It’s impossible to keep a dry eye after thinking about that anecdote.
We may have lost a future President, a Noble Prize winner, or just a really good person and we can never really know now. But until now, for those kids, I have no reason to believe it’s not true - That’s what makes it so hard that one man can just come and set the world back by extinguishing so much unknown potential.
I hope we’ve reached a tipping point.