I will begin this new week as I have done after each new senseless loss and tragedy, especially after the death of my own son, with acts of kindness. And, my certified therapy dog, Jack, and I will return to serve our local elementary school of 2nd/3rd graders this week with more than just coveted holiday candy canes and reindeer ears (Jack). We will bring with us renewed purpose, more open hearts and listening ears, tighter hugs and greater appreciation for the tough work facing the educators/staff daily, many of whom I know would do exactly what those at Sandy Hook did. We don’t respect this profession nor support it nearly enough, even as so many of our children arrive with increasingly complex needs. That, too, must change. 

Will you please join me with your own actions of compassion this week? You won’t have to look far to uncover a need. Promise. 

Less rhetoric. More action.

My angel and greatest teacher, Eric Richard Winter. Jenna Winter Photo.