Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Noah Pozner: Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012 has come and gone. It was rough but we made it through with the help of our friends and of many many good souls we have never met and whose names we will never know: comforting meals were cooked and delivered (including chicken soup, a Christmas turkey and gorgeous cookies); winter jackets were given to Arielle and Sophia whose own jackets have remained at the school since the tragedy; presents were lovingly chosen for all the kids.
A woman sent the girls a beautifully kept old-fashioned teddy bear which looks like a gentleman farmer. She wrote: "This bear belonged to my mother. She passed away when I was seventeen. It helped me overcome the pain, and I do not need him anymore. We thought you could name him Noah..." A bear to cherish and maybe one day pass along to another grieving family.
Someone sent a child-size teddy bear with paws long enough to wrap around a child's body. He is said to thrive on hugs. The girls have drawn comfort from his soft and cuddly presence. They called him Noah-Bear and last thing I heard they were plotting to feed him pretend tacos.
The girls also received tiny toys and ornaments which had once belonged to a woman's great-grandchildren,  now too old to play with them. They were in perfect condition. Because the assortment was random, we could almost imagine these long-ago kids going through their toys and deciding which would be most likely to bring comfort and joy. The girls held them in their hands and a light came into their eyes.
As a family we received thousands of comforting letters, messages and comments from all over the world: each and everyone of them helped. Thank you!
The tragedy has already made something very clear to us: there are many more good people than bad in this world. They don't get written up or talked about because they act quietly and do not seek fame or recognition. Their only motivation is love. Noah was all about love. We feel his spirit in each of these gestures.

14 comments:

  1. The only ornament we have was made by Matthew and it is a Noah one.

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  2. I cannot seem to get past this feeling of compassion and love for this family. I have some how become connected to beautiful Noah. I continue to cry and pray every day and night, that such a great loss becomes easier to handle for this wonderful family of Noah.

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  3. Farina: I don't know you, I don't know Noah, nor your family. I relate to you all partly because I have 2 boys (just a bit older than Noah), and I feel your love for your family through your writings. I actually accidentally found your website as a link through another bread blog, but am so glad to read your thoughts, to learn more about Noah and the other grandchildren (and your kids too), and because of my sadness over the events of last weeks.

    I do believe that human nature is to persevere and recover, and I believe that you will all be able to do that too, as your grandchildren will continue to fascinate you and make you smile. The hole in your hearts for Noah will never be filled of course, but your memories and his essence will help with that too, and yes indeed, I love your last sentiment that there are many quiet loving people here and though I do not know you personally, I and my family do indeed send our love to all of you. Even after all this of fades from national consciousness, we all support you.

    And thank you for choosing this blog as sharing your own thoughts as well as your kids/grandkids.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful grandson, Noah, with us. I found your blog last night and loved seeing the pictures of
      Noah with his gorgeous eyes and infectious smile. He was a beautiful ray of sunshine. I especially loved your peep/poop
      story that you wrote in one of your blogs - what a cutie! Although I've never met your family, Noah's picture stands out in my heart and mind because he reminds me so much of my own 1st grade son. We are praying for all the families of Sandy Hook Elem., but my family has adopted Noah and the Pozners and we will pray for you for life. Even when things settle down and people begin to move on, we will remember you and you will remain in our hearts.

      Yesterday, Christmas day, my 4 children hung an angel on our tree with Noah's name on it. We are also going to donate books to my children's school library in honor of Noah. We will make sure they are books about super heroes, ninjas, star wars guys and other things he liked.
      I was trying to think of something that you could do with your granddaughters. All children love balloons and perhaps you could
      each write Noah a love note and tie them to balloons and release them to heaven. Sophia and Arielle might like that. In fact, I think I will have my children do that as well.

      I am so glad that your family is finding comfort in the kind gestures and prayers of our nation. Prayers alone can change the world, and it
      is my hope that they are able to lighten your hearts and bring you to a place of peace. You are so right that the world is made of more good than bad - I believe that too. Hopefully the beautiful spirits of Noah and all the other children will live on in all of us and will serve as a constant reminder to live life to its fullest and love with all our hearts.

      God Bless Noah and your entire family. And thank you again for this blog - I hope that it will help me heal eventually too, as my heart feels so broken right now.

      Sending you much love and hugs from Chantilly, Virginia,

      Lori Poole

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    2. Thank you-I feel the same way as you do. My heart is so broken too, and reading through these blogs and looking at beautiful noah's pictures comfort me. I loved every single words that you wrote in this blog, I just feel that you and me feel the pain the same way. Loosing a child or a grandchild is the hardest pain in life. God bless all of the good people in the world. From London, Ontario, Canada

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  4. On Christmas Day our church sang "Come Little Children" and then rang the bell 26 times. I cried. It was wonderful to me that so many people care so much.

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  5. I come every day to see if other items are posted. Noah was and will remain a wonderful little guy. My nephew is called Noah and whenever I speak to a name I think your little angel. I succumbed to the charm angel, at the same time how not to fall for this mug love? I learned gradually to know through your writing, thank you for sharing all those memories of your little son. A force of nature? Oh yes he was and always will be!

    Noah is first and burn in my memory and angel face has never burn in my heart. Always a thought for you, his family, despite the absence of your little angel, I'm deep in me that Noah you never leave, he is near you. Noah is in the wind, you say "I love you." Noah will remain forever and ever near you, in your heart.

    Noah, there was life in heaven, wherever you are, we do not forget you <3

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  6. As I have read in many comments, Noah has touched hearts all over the world. Mine included. He resembles my 6 year old boy in so many ways. I too continue to cry and pray daily for sweet Noah. Noah has imprinted on my heart and will forever hold a place in it. He will always be near and will never be forgotten.

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  7. Thank you for helping us get to know Noah a little better! We had Taco's for Noah for Christmas eve! My youngest asked to see a picture of Noah! I showed her the one of him and she said,no dad I said Noah not Nico! (Nico is my grandson). The rest of her siblings came and looked and all said in unison,He looks just like Nick!!!So needless to say Noah will forever be in our hearts and prayers! And every Christmas eve from now on will be in honor of Noah! Thank you again and god bless his whole family! :)

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  8. Thank you for helping us get to know Noah a little better! We had Taco's for Noah for Christmas eve! My youngest asked to see a picture of Noah! I showed her the one of him and she said,no dad I said Noah not Nico! (Nico is my grandson). The rest of her siblings came and looked and all said in unison,He looks just like Nick!!!So needless to say Noah will forever be in our hearts and prayers! And every Christmas eve from now on will be in honor of Noah! Thank you again and god bless his whole family! :)

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  9. I love seeing all these gorgeous pictures of Noah and reading about him I get a very clear impression of the little boy he was, absolutely adorable, beautiful inside and out xx

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  10. HUGS again. I'm glad that so many people have helped to provide elements for the holidays: food, coats, toys. The good people share themselves, and we are glad for that.

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  11. Thinking of you, always, my friend.

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    Francis-Olive

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  12. With an absolutely shattered heart, I am thinking of sweet Noah; I thought he was Jewish though and therefore didn't celebrate Christmas.

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