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    Edge PA, brillig

    You wrote:

    I know they are the response of people who want, need to grieve an event. I know they are powerful places of support and healing for many. I in NO way at all mean to suggest they are a bad thing, or shouldn't occur. But I don't understand it, not in a personal way.
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    So what about you? Do memorials at tragic sites draw or repel you? How to you give voice to individual sadness and grief, or come together in community to react to events?
    The key phrase is "come together in community."

    We've seen the "feed the firemen" reaction in cities and towns of every size, and we've all seen the local reactions to events like 9/11, the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City, and others.

    I'd like to think that part of the impetus behind such local reactions is a desire to show the affected folks--first responders in this case, students and teachers after school shootings, and the like--that they ARE part of the community.

    Living in small-town America (and having been raised in even smaller-town America), it's completely normal that we prepare/deliver food to friends who are sick, carpool kids for folks who've just brought a new baby home, or find ways to help others who are struggling in a time of crisis; what you describe is that same impulse writ large.

    So, I'm going to answer your question in two parts; I have visited memorials for events in my local communities over the years, but I have no desire to make a pilgrimage to Boston, Oklahoma City, Newtown or NYC.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 07:29:36 AM PDT

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