We were driving on the interstate the other day and Bud noticed the striking green-and-white, "We are Sandy Hook/We Choose Love" billboard. He wanted to know what the sign meant so we discussed love, respect, compassion versus anger, hate, and violence. We also talked specifically about compassion not only for the victims but also for the shooter and his mother.
To change the topic somewhat, I mentioned that the surviving students of Sandy Hook, all 400+ of them, were now back in school at a new place. Bud thought on this a bit and asked, "Does that mean there are no kindergartners at their school now?"
How does he get right to the heart of it every time?
I'd forgotten we'd thought many of the deceased were kindergartners. I told him there were some survivors in first grade . . . but what else can you say?