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The Wright Response - December 20, 2012

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

THE OLDER I GET, THE MORE I REALIZE HOW MUCH I TOOK FOR GRANTED GROWING UP. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO BE SURROUNDED BY SOME OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST LEADERS OF TOMORROW, AND WHILE I TRY TO IMPART A LITTLE WISDOM NOW AND THEN, YOU REALLY HOPE - THAT THYE "GET IT." - THAT THEY "LISTEN." I DID - BUT I REALLY DIDN'T WHILE GROWING UP.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND FULLY, BUT LIKE MOST OF US AT THAT AGE - I THOUGHT I DID. I TOOK FOR GRANTED THE THRILL OF GETTING OUT FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WHILE SITTING IN MY CLASSROOM AT ROSS ELEMENTARY IN MEXIA. I REALLY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO WORRY ABOUT, IF ANYTHING AS I RECALL - EXCEPT MAYBE NOT WANTING TO BE LATE TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS PARADE, BACK WHEN IT SEEMED THE WHOLE TOWN TURNED OUT FOR IT. I DIDN'T WORRY ABOUT SOME COWARD WALKING INTO MY CLASSROOM AND FIRING AWAY. HOW UNTHINKABLE! I CERTAINLY DIDN'T THINK THAT MANY YEARS LATER, MY HEART WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY BROKEN BY SEEING PICTURES OF CHILDREN I DIDN'T KNOW, MILES AWAY FROM ME - MOSTLY KIDS WHO WERE THE BIG BROTHER OR SISTER, JUST ELEMENTARY AGE. OR IN MY OWN WORLD SEEING A PICTURE OF A TWIN, KNOWING HOW INCREDIBLY CLOSE MINE ARE, BUT NOW, ONLY ONE REMAINS. FUNNY - SOMEHOW WHEN CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED THE LUNACY IN OUR WORLD SEEMS MORE RAMPANT THAN EVER.

I GUESS MOST DISTURBING OF ALL IS TO SEE HOW QUICKLY WE START TO POLITICIZE THIS TRAGEDY. TO NO ONE'S SURPRISE, IT TOOK NO TIME AT ALL TO START THE FINGER-POINTING, THE SO CALLED EXPERTS WHO ATTEMPT TO BRING REASON TO ALL OF IT. GUN CONTROL, NO GUN CONTROL, THE MEDIA BEING BLAMED BY HIGH PROFILE MOVIE STARS, TV STARS AND SINGERS, THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY HAVE A PLATFORM - BECAUSE OF MEDIA, THE EXPERTS IN MENTAL HEALTH BLAMING A LACK OF ATTENTION TO THOSE ISSUES AS THE REASON FOR THIS...DIFFERENT GROUPS JOCKEYING TO BE HEARD AS WE ALL SEEK TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT. THE BIGGEST WASTE OF WORDS I HEARD WERE FROM AN "EXPERT" WHO DECLARED THAT THE GUNMAN HAD A PERSONALITY DISORDER. REALLY? WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT THAT.

MOST LIKELY WE'LL NEVER KNOW THE REASON BEHIND IT. BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE THE TRIGGER MAN USUALLY DON'T STAY AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO SEE WHAT THEY'VE DONE OR TAKE PUNISHMENT FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE - AT LEAST - NOT HERE ON EARTH.

AND TO DO IT AROUND CHRISTMAS, HANNUKAH, WHATEVER THE HOLIDAY CELERBATION MAY BE - JUST ADDED ANOTHER CLOUD OF SADNESS. AND HERE I AM - ALLOWING THAT TRAGEDY - THAT MENTALLY DERANGED MONSTER - TO DISRUPT WHAT WE NORMALLY DO OR PLANNED TO DO ON THIS SEGMENT.

BUT - WHAT WE DO HERE PALES IN COMPARISON TO TAKING A MOMENT TO THINK OF THOSE CHILDREN, THE EDUCATORS WHO TRIED TO SAVE THEM, THE PARENTS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, GRANDPARENTS, CLOSE FRIENDS, ALL - WHOSE LIVES WILL BE FOREVER CHANGED, AND WHOSE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR WILL ALWAYS BE COMPROMISED JUST A LITTLE - NO MATTER WHAT. AND I GET THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE IN OUR OWN WAY - THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS.

PERHAPS THE BEST WAY TO HONOR THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN, IS TO ALLOW OURSELVES TO MOVE BACK TOWARD THE INNOCENSE AND THE JOY YOU CAN SEE IN THE EYES OF THOSE STUDENTS. HUG THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE A LITTLE MORE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM, AND MAYBE YOUR INFLUENCE WILL IMPACT THEIR LIVES SO THAT THEY WILL TRULY BE THE GENERATION THAT BRINGS PEACE ON EARTH.

THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF E-MAILS AND CALLS, AND WE'LL RESUME SHARING THOSE AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS AWAY. THE FAMILY OF KBTX MEDIA THANKS YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR LIVES, FOR THE TRAGEDIES AND TRIUMPHS WE'VE SHARED, LOCALLY AND FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, COAST TO COAST, AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, MAY WE LEARN FROM IT, BE STRONGER BECAUSE OF IT, AND KEEP FIRST IN OUR THOUGHTS, THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS, HOWEVER YOU MAY OBSERVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

MAY THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATION BE THE BEST EVER FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.


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