Ritual Confessions

January 9, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 5:26 am

So, our second day of Montessori, and the school went into “lockdown” while we were there. Apparently, a call came in from 911 reporting a male subject with a firearm roaming in the vicinity. “Lockdown” means the doors are locked and the blinds drawn on the windows and no time is spent in the yard. Also, if it’s at all avoidable, no one enters the building and no one leaves. There is exactly one male staff member at this school, and today was his day off. I felt this sharp awareness that we were all women and children. It felt vulnerable. The father of one of the children showed up in his truck and kept a vigil in the parking lot. No one mentioned the word “gun” but I felt there was an unspoken understanding that he had one. I didn’t get even a glimpse of him, but I felt like I loved him.


1 Comment »

  1. I still walk the fourth-grader to school. Why? Because he is a very small fourth-grader, even though he has a red belt and is a fierce little warrior–and sometimes there are police cars parked at the school, because of some kind of threat in the area. Not urban, not any kind of dangerous in appearance–but nowhere is safe. It never was. 😦

    Comment by thelittlefluffycat — January 9, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

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