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LETTER: Nation needs to comfort those who suffer

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A few weeks ago my sister told me how her little daughter Addyson was watching “Toy Story” and began to cry during a scene.

The scene that brought her to tears was when Andy, a young boy who once cherished and loved his favorite toy named Woody, began to grow older. And as Andy grew older the joy and happiness that the toy once brought to him faded away.

The film then showed a time-lapse clip of Woody lying under Andy’s bed, as weeks turned into months and months into years, waiting for Andy to come pick him up and play with him like he did in the past.

Addyson became teary eyed because that lonely scene symbolized an all too familiar theme in life of individuals living their days in isolation or sorrow. The parents with children that passed away inside Sandy Hook Elementary can certainty understand Addison’s tears.  

I can imagine the father of the young Noah presently sitting in his son’s bedroom, listening to a clock tick by, wishing he could relive those joyous moments him and his son shared together. And I can envision decades from now, Noah’s father crippled with age, still longing to be with his six year old boy again.

Malcolm X once gave solacing words to a crowd of Americans who were suffering trying hardships, “It is only after the deepest darkness that the greatest light can come; it is only after extreme grief that the greatest joy can come.”

Within every tragedy there is a light, and as this light arises above the darkness, wisdom shall appear, allowing individuals to appreciate what has been given to them and at the same time appreciate what so quickly can be taken away.

I pray that everyone will understand Addyson’s tears. I pray that we recognize the unrecognized. I pray that the lonely will no longer sit in solitude wishing to relive painful memories.

I pray that their loved ones will help take their mind off the past by celebrating with them in the present. I pray in this new year the voids in the hearts of the lowly, the elderly, the desolate, the lame, the abandoned and the forgotten will cease.

CLARENCE LEATHERBURY
Tobinsport, Law Student, Indiana University-Indianapolis