Thursday, January 13, 2011

For Christina

Christina Taylor Green will be mourned and buried today. Vibrant, positive, excited about life, she sounds like an amazing young woman.

Christina was a Child of Hope: a baby born as our world turned upside down on September 11, 2001. she was killed in another public day of violence as our world turned upside down once again.

Baseball, ballet, horses, science. church, choir, student council. She was enthusiastic and involved in everything possible. Photos show her smiling, grinning, looking eager for the next adventure.

Christina attended the ill-fated town meeting to meet her representative in Congress and learn more about politics. She was sincerely interested in making a difference, perhaps by running for office and making a life of public service.

Christina won't get that chance. Her life was cut short in a senseless and violent shooting rampage. Are there any other kinds of shooting rampages? Do any make sense? Of course not. An early and violent death like Christina's doesn't make sense, either.

I keep using her name so that Christina stays real: not just the nine-year-old killed in an unbelievable event. Not just the student council girl who wanted to meet her congresswoman. She was a real person, a daughter, a neighbor, a student, a sister, a friend.

Christina didn't get to live her dreams and her passions. For young dreamer Christina, gone too soon, I call on the rest of us to step forward and make a difference.

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Blogger songbird's crazy world said...

Twenty people were shot, 6 died. All of them are worthy of our attention. But Christina's sotry is the saddest of them all.

1/13/2011 1:09 PM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Just heartbreaking. So so so sad.

1/13/2011 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Daisy

1/13/2011 2:22 PM  
Blogger Royal Ranch said...

I too can't get her story out of my head. The coincidences of her birth DAY and then to die in such a public way...Thank you for posting this. I had wanted to and not had the time; it was almost as if you read my mind! Also HOORAY!!! for the progress of the recovering Congresswoman!

1/14/2011 6:32 AM  
Blogger Shari said...

CNN covered part of her funeral yesterday and I had to turn off the TV. It's always sad when someone dies, but it's worse that she was so young.

1/14/2011 10:46 AM  

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