Saturday, December 15, 2012

I feel the grief. And - I am not a parent.

I regret that a tragedy in Newtown happened. I feel deep sorrow for the ones who lost their children and beloved ones.

I watched Obama's speech and he made me angry. Here is his quote:

"I know there is not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

A question for Mr. Obama:
Do you REALLY think that you have to be a parent to feel grief?


  1. Absolutely not. I'm against the death penalty. One day my husband asked me how I would feel if someone did something irreparable to my niece (I can't even bring myself to type the exact words). I don't know that I would not want to kill them with my own hands. Maybe because I don't have kids of my own, I have a stronger love for my niece and nephew. I can't imagine loving my own kids more. I've watched them grow, fed them with love and affection and I've been nourished by their love over the years. I cannot imagine them not existing. I think in an odd way the experience of parenting makes many parents blind to the sentiments of none parents when they say things like this.

  2. I reacted the same way -- and said as much to the TV as the words left his mouth.

  3. He is not the only one to say that all parents are feeling for these people. It is so hard to hear, makes me feel like those of us who are not parents are less somehow.

  4. No you most definitely do not have to be a parent to feel the grief about what happened yesterday - you just have to be human! I had someone say to me yesterday that I "would just have no idea because I wasn't a parent" meh, wanted to rip into her but chose to ignore her instead, if she wants to have a closed mind, that's her choice.


    1. dear Rach,
      I just can not help not to comment the words that a woman said yesterday.
      Does that woman think she understand the pain of losing a child just because she is a mother? Stupid person!!
      Only a parent that lost a child can really understand what it feels to lose a child...

  5. I had almost exactly the same feelings as you when I got home from work and saw his speech on the news.

  6. I totally agree. I wonder if the childless in some ways understand it more.

  7. I am generally a fan of the President, but I was diappointed in him for saying that. :P