What I can do now is to go beyond my circle of friends, knock on doors and truly meet other people. Is there anyone else out there who thinks that step by step and knock by knock, we can once again open our arms, our hearts and form communities that care? I think the people of Newtown, Conn., the people in Hurricane Sandy’s path and families in Aurora, Colo., know what love and responsibility mean. We can’t legislate humanity.
I hope that it doesn’t take another senseless tragedy for our citizens to step up and take responsibility for our children, our lives, our neighborhoods, our schools and our towns. If we can’t save every life, perhaps we can make every life we know more meaningful. That’s what love’s got to do with it.
Former Norman resident and Jefferson Elementary teacher Letty Watt lives in Hutchinson, Kan. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.