Sunday, December 30, 2012
Noah Pozner: surviving the unspeakable
My son Alexis posted this yesterday on his facebook page. I couldn't agree more.
"Today we left Connecticut and returned to the Northwest. While we came home, we know we cannot go back to life before December 14. For our family, and for so many other families, that world is gone.
While there are many, many things one could say about the past two weeks, I want to focus on three:
(1) Family. Nothing proved more important than our family over the last fourteen days. We all relied on each other, comforted each other, and appreciated each other like never before. Our family is strong, and that strength was and will remain essential to our well-being.
(2) Friends. My friends played a critical role in getting me through the toughest days. That includes the friends who came to the funeral, and those who provided support by phone, e-mail, or Facebook. In fact, one of the best things that happened during this period was getting back in touch with old friends from high school, college and law school. It was great to know that old friends still cared, and it provided much needed light during very dark hours.
(3) Community. The most unexpected part of the past two weeks was the extraordinary support from communities throughout the United States. From the local community in Newtown, to the support we received in the Northwest, to the army of support online, it was truly incredible. Huge and delicious meals were delivered. Housing was provided and houses were cleaned. Kids were taken care of. Toys and stuffed animals were given. Cars and rides were provided. Dogs were fed, walked and housed. Cards were sent from people as young as five and as old as ninety. Funds were provided for the future of Noah's siblings. Counselors and professionals offered their services pro bono. State troopers went above and beyond the call of duty to serve and protect the families. And people performed simple acts, such as standing in the cold drizzle with candles as Noah's funeral procession wound its way through suburban streets. I have, quite simply, never seen anything like it.
Not only has the support of family, friends and the community gotten us through the past two weeks but, much more importantly, it has reminded us that there is much more good in the world than bad. On December 14, a man committed a senseless act of unspeakable cruelty. I will never understand how a person could ever do such a thing, especially to young children. But I have gained a great deal of understanding over the last 14 days about the good in human nature, and about what makes all of us human. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."