Friday, December 21, 2012

A special Weekend Show Off Party...

I want to start off this post with a story, it is a true story.  The year was 1996, I was in 7th grade.  I played the saxophone.  I sat next to a boy who played the trombone.  He asked me if I wanted to see something cool, but it was a secret and I could not tell anyone.  Of course I said sure, to my astonishment, he opened up his warn out back pack and showed me a pistol.  I think I should have felt horror, or something, but I did not. I was curious, a little scared, I had no idea what to do.  I kind of nudged my friend next to me to pay attention.  We sat through the rest of class just kind of stunned.

I took a long time to put my saxophone away, after band was lunch.  After class I was going to tell the teacher.  To my surprise he was in his office sleeping on a cot.  I did not dare wake him up so I went to lunch.  Luckily my Aunt who worked at the school was on lunch duty.  My friend and I told her what happened.

She immediately told the administration what was going on, and expected swift action.  There was none, it was over an hour before they found the young man, and took the gun away.  It turns out the pistol, thankfully was not loaded, and everything turned out OK.  The administration did not even call my parents or inform any parents of the incident... you see it was Pre Columbine.

This incident was taken almost unbelieveably lightly. In 1999, the world was devistated be Columbine, and it also changed.

We live in a different world now, a world I pray every morning as my daughter goes to school that she will be safe.  She has had lock down drills, and safety is always an issue.

Last Friday I watched in horror as the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary unfolded.  I am heartbroken for the families affected by this needless tragedy.

 A few other bloggers and I have teamed up for this week's link party with a cause.

Kelley at The Grant Life and Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects both host a weekend link party that opens on Thursday afternoon. This week, they joined forces and also opened up the party to as many co-hosts who want to join to donate $0.05 for each link to the Newtown area's United Way.

The thing is - that's not all. Some other bloggers heard about it, and also wanted to match 5 cents a link - so for this special party, for every link you add, $1.00 will be donated to the Western Connecticut United Way.  Isn't that incredible?

Even more fabulous bloggers offered to help us spread the word by co-hosting today's link party. So no matter what blog you are visiting when you read this, we all thank you for supporting the party and the cause. Because of how widely hosted this weekend's party is. links you add here will be immediately visible on several blogs! The details are below including who is donating, and what you
should link today. Thanks for coming by!

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  1. What a wonderful thing you are doing! Have a lovely Christmas!

  2. So sorry I missed not only your last party of the year, Carlee, but such an extra special and altruistic one as well.

    Looks like it was a tremendous success.

    Bless you!



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