The other night, Anderson Cooper interviewed the parents of Grace McDonnell, one of the children who died in the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Anderson has been paying individual tribute to each of the victims, sharing with us some of their lives and who they were. I was particularly taken with Grace's drawings and paintings. She wanted to be an artist when she grew up, and I was gobsmacked at her talent for such a little six-year-old girl. Look at this wonderful owl. I just love it. Look at the eyes, and the heart, and she has even drawn a belly-button. Well, sure, owls can have belly-buttons, can't they? And the wonderful colors. Grace's parents gave a copy of this painting to President Obama, and he said he would cherish it. The soul of a beautiful little girl, taken too soon, lives in this painting. I have not been able to get the images of those children out of my mind. Grace's mother says the children are all together in Heaven now, and their teacher is looking after them. What a beautiful, comforting thought. Here are three more of her little paintings. I love the fish.
I cannot imagine the pain and grief of losing a child this way. When they start shooting six-year-olds, it's time for folks to put their guns away.