Between the LinesMarch 23, 2013 at 12:38 am | Posted in Haiku Friday, Lollipop, Me | 10 Comments
Tags: #26acts, 26 Acts, Books, Children, Kindness, Life, Perspectives, Poetry, Sandy Hook, Tragedy
Haiku Friday: Between the Lines
I’ve never heard echo through
tunnels in my brain.
James loved hamburgers.
Josephine loved purple, and
Dawn mothered five girls.
I’ve never heard sing me to
sleep on the dark nights.
Daniel played the drums;
Jessica was a cowgirl;
Jack loved his Giants.
you’ll never hear whisper their
names in these pages.
Any one of those boys and girls could have been my daughter, given slightly different geography. Perhaps that’s why the Sandy Hook massacre has weighed so heavy on me these last months. Every day since, I have sent a prayer of thanks to the stars, the gods, fate, that my daughter still comes home from kindergarten with tales of who brought chocolate pudding for lunch and what she worked on in art class. With ketchup on her sweater. With glitter in her eyebrows.
Every day, she comes home. And every day, 26 others don’t.
It’s impossible to comprehend. It wakes me up at night, and it pierces me in the heart when I’m shopping for juice boxes or fresh markers. I had to do something.
So I joined Ann Curry’s 26 Acts of Kindness movement. I pledged to donate one book for every Sandy Hook victim to my daughter’s school library. I read obituaries. I cried. I re-read and cried and re-read and cried. I researched children’s books and matched titles with hobbies — Vicki loved flamingos; Grace, the beach. I e-mailed authors, publishers, anyone, who might help with my project.
And I did it. We did it. 26 voices, 26 books. Lost, found, remembered.
How has Sandy Hook impacted you? And what acts of kindness will you pay forward?
Thank you so very much to these authors, illustrators, artists, and publishers, who donated their work to my 26 Acts of Kindness project:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Wong Herbert Yee