This blog does not have much to do with sugar and sweets as our business, www.pizzscotti.com depicts. Instead I write about the recent trend in our society that keeps reoccuring - Shooting Sprees.
After the recent incident that occurred ove the holiday weekend in Santa Barbara I wanted to bring to your attention how important it is to educate your children about what is happening in our "new world". Unfortunately these incidents are devastating and not isolated crimes anymore. Our children are taking the law into their own hands by creating mayhem amoungst countries, communities and small towns. These shooting sprees affect many of us in many different ways. As a mom and a law enforcement officer I find it necessary to talk to my children about what is happening in the news around the world. The talk around the family dinner table (if that still exists) used to include questions such as, "Hey son, how did you do on your spelling test?". Today we should be asking the question, "Hey kids, do you know what to do if an active shooter enters your school?" Go figure huh! This really sucks!
But even at the age of five its important to talk and teach our children what is happening out there. At the dinner table last night, my daughter, age 11 asked me if she could go to her friends birthday party that would be located at a mall. Of course I hesitantly said yes which led us into a discussion about Shooting Sprees. My other children ages 6 and 8 were also in on the conversation. I told them that bad people do bad things like shoot people at malls, movie theatres and even at schools. I asked them what they would do if they heard gunshots. They all looked at me with wide eyes and blank stares. I told them to duck, find a place to hide and don't scream. They said, "Mommy are you kidding"? I said "No". I proceeded to explain to them about some of the incidents that have occurred over the past few years.
From Columbine, to Connecticut to Columbia Maryland. From schools, to malls to movie theatres. It's happening out there and our children should know what is going on. Talk to your kids, get to know your kids, be a part of their lives. We all know this is not something our parents discussed with us at the dinner table. But times have changed and so should we. It's not just a Shopping Spree anymore.