The next time you’re driving and you think it’s okay to check a text, rustle in your purse, fiddle with something, or otherwise get distracted, remember that there are people out there who are loved.
On this particular day, four years ago, a distracted driver went up over the curb and hit our friend Kristy and her sweet pups, Betty and Indy. Kristy and Betty succumbed to their injuries in the days to follow, leaving Nick and Indy to grieve with the rest of us.
Take a moment and make a promise to yourself that you will be responsible every time you are behind the wheel. There is nothing so important in this world that we need to do that is worth this great loss.
visited the Hall of Flame Fire Museum in Phoenix, Az 🌵🚒 the history and apparatus in the galleries dated back to 1725! very neat equipment and a plethora of artifacts- like horse drawn fire engines! it was a true privilege to see in person FDNY R4 & the crew buggie of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots ⛰🔥 #fdny#granitemountainhotshots#neverforget
Twenty years ago today, 12 innocent students and one teacher lost their lives as two senior students walked in and opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. I was only 16 when this massacre took place, and while I remember feeling sad and shocked, I don't think I fully comprehended how devastating, heartbreaking and life-changing this event was. Today, as a mother of two, I feel the heartbreak and overwhelming sadness of this school shooting even more profoundly, and I can't imagine how much pain the families of these victims are still carrying.
Remembering the lives and innocence lost 20 years ago today at Columbine High School with my #stackofhope. Thank you so much to @jennastopreading for starting this important discussion. #stacksofhope#neverforget#bethechange
While some days are harder than others, at this very moment, I feel at peace with the path I’ve chosen to take. I’m taking on new projects at a comfortable pace, while always remembering to take time to slow down; to rest, relax and reflect when times get tough.
Truth be told, these next few days are going to be really hard. I share a birthday month with my mother, and whenever I would get a year older, Mom would never be too far behind. I’m having trouble accepting the fact that I won’t get to call her this year to wish her a happy birthday; that I won’t be able to spend her special day with her.
On Monday, April 22nd (Mom’s birthday, which also falls on Easter Monday), I’m planning to take the day off; to make the most of her special day in her honour. I’ll go to all the places I wanted to take her when she eventually got to come visit me here in Montreal. I’ll prepare her favourite meal for dinner. I’ll listen to all her favourite songs. I’ll do whatever I can that feels right in the moment.
Most importantly, I’m going to try my best to stay strong and to smile. Mom was known for her infectious smile. Her bubbly disposition. Her boundless energy and her kind heart. For her sake, I vow to keep on smiling, knowing that’s what she’d want. I won’t deny the tears, the inevitable heartache, but I do know that she’d give me a big hug, telling me to keep on keeping on. To never stop following my dreams. To do my part to make the world a brighter place, one kind gesture—one good deed at a time. 💕
🕊•20 years ago today at Columbine High School, 13 lives we’re lost to gun violence. Their lives should be honored and remembered through all of the work we do to continue in the fight for gun violence victims and prevention alike. •🕊 #neverforget#remembercolumbine
On Canada’s Remembrance Day I was lucky enough to be picked to participate. The position I am in here, was held for over 45 minutes. Learning their Drill and Ceremony was humbling, demanding and intense. This was an honor, but also painful. I actually tweaked nerves in my upper back and neck from holding this for so long. Moving to quick afterwards to end the ceremony did wonders on me. Again, thank you for the opportunity and respect to the Canadian military. They’re professional, kind and strict. Outstanding service members overall.
My prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and the families, friends and colleagues of the victims of #columbine. Today marks the 20th anniversary of this horrendous incident. May the casualties of this day rest in peace and may the survivors find peace and the ability to move on. Shukufuku/blessings to all. Also, if you notice suspicious behavior in a student or if you see someone being bullied, #speakup!
It's never ok to just stand there and watch. Speaking up might save innocent lives and prevent another Columbine from occurring. #neverforget#bullyingprevention#awareness#stopschoolviolence