Let Music Tell the Story
I scrolled through my favorite music app, straight to "Mom's playlist". Not my mom's favorite tunes, but mine. I have 5 children, and music has played an enormous role in my life. I have ultimately handed down this passion for all things melodic to my children as well. I played viola for 10 years, tried piano for 4, and attempted to play guitar for most of my teenage years, always trying to keep up with my dad during jam sessions in the living room.
Texas After Tragedy
I work at a middle school. I provide in-class support for students, students in both special education and general education. During my conference period, which is near the end of the school day, I checked my phone as I usually do. When I scrolled to the news updates, the entire section was flooded with notifications of the elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas. I hesitantly clicked on one of the articles, only to find out that 19 children were killed in this shooting by an 18-year old with 2 assault rifles. 19 children. 19 innocent souls celebrating the last days of school before summer vacation. The tears welled up in my eyes as I continued to read. Apparently, the gunman had just turned 18 years old. He had shot his grandmother the morning of the shooting, and crashed his car in front of the school building. He proceeded to enter the school, and started shooting students, continuing room by room to murder more innocent children.