I had to let some time go by to let this sink in because I have a tendency not to believe what's right in front of my eyes. I just want to say that my heart goes out to all those affected by the Virginia Tech tradgedy. I know what it feels like to face an event of such proportions, having gone through 9/11. This is an event that will stay with them for the rest of their lives and I hope and pray that they can get through it with as little scarring as possible. I hope they learn to use their grief to better their lives and thoughts and not to use it negatively, lest it wear them down. I hope they learn to appreciate life more and keep those who died spirits alive in their hearts and not sweep them under the rug and forget them. My wish is that they keep these spirits out in the sun and allow them to them shine through their own eyes and spirits.
I hope they eventually let their grief out too, no matter what it takes. Talk, rant, cry, get angry until the softness in their hearts come back. When it does, they won't be the same. They'll be different but better, having endured something on such a gut wrenching level. Let it take its course, no matter how long it takes and get all the help that is available. I did. I had to.