I love raising my kids on a farm. My kids are learning to work hard, work together, as well a developing a good work ethic. So many families do not have the opportunity to provide this for their kids. With that said, the horrific massacre that occurred in Orlando drove home the disadvantages of farm life. I spent quite a bit of time explaining to my kids not just what happened but why it happened. Now don’t get me wrong, my kids do not live in a version of Disneyland. Our farm definitely IS NOT the happiest place on earth. My kids are very aware of the current political sideshow in Washington DC, the traffic nightmares in the Puget Sound, and the issue of unemployment in our local community. They understand bad things happen to good people.
What happened Saturday night in Orlando was truly a tragedy. Hundreds of families were affected and lives were forever changed. Explaining the reason(s) of why this happened to a couple of farm kids was very difficult. What makes it even more difficult is when I don’t understand why. I can answer why the sky is blue, why my stomach hurts after eating a gallon of ice cream, or maybe even why some girl broke my son’s heart. But this horrible display of hate and anger leaves no explanation. Looking out my back window at a group of beautiful cows grazing in the sunshine does provide a little solace. I pray for those in Orlando. While I may not be able to explain to my children why this happened to you and your loved ones, I can explain and share the love and strength you are sharing with the world even during one of the most difficult times in your life.