Bearmama here! WOW. When I started this blog, it was really for myself. Writing has always been my way of expressing my joys, fears, excitement and sorrow. I want to thank you for ALL for the flood of the comments regarding my last post. I am overwhelmed by the response and feedback to my post “No, I’m not OK”. I have read each comment carefully, and appreciate all of the feedback so very much. I have shared your feedback with not only my husband (who is just overwhelmed by the kind words of so many),but with his colleagues and the force, and anyone else who will listen to my giddy ramblings. My mind has been opened, and I appreciate not only the supportive feedback, but also those who have reminded me to watch that I don’t make “extreme broad-sweeping” statements as well.
Had I known over 100,000 people were going to read this, I may have tempered some of my opinions, but then it wouldn’t have been really me. My heart doesn’t consult statistical data, so my writing won’t usually refer to stats either.
And let’s be clear, before my husband became a police officer, I too grumbled when I was given a speeding ticket, but I knew it was my fault.
And I don’t have perfect children – far from it, but these posts are my “Mother’s lament” as I seek the best path through the exciting challenges of Motherhood. I write based on my personal observation, and I see the difference a day in the forest vs. a day playing video games can make in the attitude and aggression in my sons. This may not be the case with everyone, but it is my reality.
It’s hard when you are a parent (whether or not your spouse has a dangerous job), to avoid feeling raw and vulnerable when tragedy (out there in the world) strikes. Our reactions are what can motivate us to positive or negative action and change. I am learning every day – thanks for being part of this journey. When we think about things, and cry about things together, and express our hopes and fears as a society, we get stronger. It is awesome! Share the love everyone, and thanks again!
Please also consider the various fundraising opportunities that are out there to support the families of our fallen officers in Moncton. (I will provide links later today)