7 Years


Charlotte:  6
Daniel:  7
Rachel:  29
Olivia:  6
Josephine:  7
Dylan:  6
Dawn: 47
Madeline:  6
Catherine:  6
Chase:  7
Jesse:  6
Ana:  6
James: 6
Grace: 7
Anne Marie:  52
Emilie:  6
Jack: 6
Noah: 6
Caroline:  6
Jessica: 6
Avielle:  6
Lauren: 30
Mary: 52
Victoria:  27
Benjamin:  7
Allison:  6

They have been dead for 7 years now.

What have I done in the last 7 years?  What purchases have I made? What parties have I gone to?  What celebrations have I enjoyed?

They have been dead for 7 years now.

In the last 7 years I have laughed and cried.  I have been happy and sad.  I've been angry and I've been elated.

They have been dead for 7 years now.

How many sunsets have I seen in the past 7 years?  How many stars in the sky have I admired?  How many times have I shoveled snow?  How many waves in the ocean have I jumped?  How many miles have I walked?  How many miles have I driven?  How many miles have I flown?

They have been dead for 7 years now.

What have you done for the past 7 years?  

They are dead; 7 years have passed...

Why were they not the last?  Why  as of February of last year (2018) have there been 239 school shootings and 138 people killed?  (And you know there have been more since then.)

7 years...what could they have achieved in those 7 years?   

We will never know because 

Charlotte:  6
Daniel:  7
Rachel:  29
Olivia:  6
Josephine:  7
Dylan:  6
Dawn: 47
Madeline:  6
Catherine:  6
Chase:  7
Jesse:  6
Ana:  6
James: 6
Grace: 7
Anne Marie:  52
Emilie:  6
Jack: 6
Noah: 6
Caroline:  6
Jessica: 6
Avielle:  6
Lauren: 30
Mary: 52
Victoria:  27
Benjamin:  7
Allison:  6

were all gunned down 7 years ago.

7 years ago...

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