This has been a day of joy and mourning. We experienced joy by witnessing the union of Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle, now Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I didn’t get up super early to view the wedding, I watched the highlights and coverage throughout the day. It was truly moving to see a couple very much in love with each other, despite the constant scrutiny of cameras. While I know little details of their personal lives, I wish them a lifetime of blessings and happiness.
While many watched the Royal Wedding coverage throughout the day, there has also been great sorrow and mourning in Santa Fe, Texas. Another mass school shooting took place yesterday, resulting in 10 people losing their lives. Throughout the day the identities of these individuals have surfaced: ranging from an 18 year old girl from Pakistan finishing her year in a student exchange program, to a 17 year old junior who unknowingly gave his life to protect his classmates, to 2 substitute teachers who passed away trying to protect the students they loved. America has yet again endured another tragedy, taking away the lives of several children, at a place that should be the last place to experience such horror.
We experience a range of emotions in our daily life. We can feel extreme sadness over the tragedy in Texas, then happiness upon viewing two people making a commitment to love each other forever. Viewing a wedding can serve as a welcome distraction from the issues pressing our country, but it’s vital to keep in mind that human life is valuable, and we must take great care to fight for our children’s lives every day.
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