To those Brave Staff members that did exactly what you should have done to protect the children in your care, I applaud you.
You have a difficult job. In the days and months to come you will love the children in your care fiercely, protecting them from all harm, physically and emotionally. When you see a wrong it will hurt you as well, when they triumph over anything, you will cheer them on. You will hug them to make them feel safe, and dry their tears when they are hurt. You will be their parents, and their nurses and their confidants while they are in your care. You give them words and voice, You give them confidence. You are like family in the best sense of the word. That's why parents trust you with their little ones. Oh and you also teach, making learning fun and helping the children in your care to remember it is all right to have fun. My hat is off to you to do so many jobs, and care so much and teach.
Then there were the people in the school that don't get paid nearly as much that care with the same intensity. That do their jobs so that the teachers can do theirs. You listen to children, you help the teacher, you care for the children's cuts and bruises, you feed them you drive them to and from school and a million other things. You love them. Hats off to you.
I cannot be funny this week. I can only hold these brave souls in my heart and pray for courage for those that are left. Let us now comfort those that mourn and help them to carry on, making this country a better place because of