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For the children in Connecticut. For the shoppers in Oregon. For everyone everywhere. December 14, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Smiley.
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“Smile in prayer.” My own drawing, in Sharpie.

It is hard to smile when, in the space of a week, we’ve seen two mass shootings, one just a dozen miles from my house here in Oregon and the other, today, in kindergarten classrooms in Connecticut. People got out of those situations alive, and that’s worth smiling about. But people died — children died — and that makes smiling, for any reason, very, very difficult.

But we need to smile for each other. It isn’t a happy smile. It’s a soft, sad smile, but it’s a smile nonetheless. It’s our reassurance to each other that we are better than this, that we will be there for each other in times of need. And it’s a promise that we will overcome the violence in our lives through love and mutual happiness.

In the meantime, here’s a sad, heartbroken but hopefully heartmeanding smile, and a hug, to everyone, everywhere.

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jsbnew - December 14, 2012

A sad smile is the most appropriate thing that could be done on a day like this. It’s escalating, and we have to stop it. God Bless.


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