The kids are grown, now what?: An Open Letter to Arlene Holmes

Sunday, July 22, 2012

An Open Letter to Arlene Holmes

Dear Arlene;

You lost a child today too. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you must be shocked , bewildered and horrified by your son's actions. I know that I would be.

Whenever the country is reeling from the aftermath of a horrifying act, I always wonder about the parent's of the perpetrator. I wonder what you are thinking and feeling.

I know that if I were in your place I would be wondering what I did wrong. Did I cause my son to commit this atrocity? I would be afraid for my life as people look to place blame. I would be confused and sad and very angry with my son. BUT (and that's a big but) he would still be my son. You don't stop loving your child because they have done something wrong.

Arlene, I just want you to know, that I do not blame you. I want you to know how sorry I am that you are going through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the families of the lost and the wounded.


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