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They will grow for those who cannot

| June 21, 2022 1:00 AM

Sandpoint community members held a vigil for the 19 children and 2 adults who lost their lives in the Uvalde mass shooting on May 24. A sunflower centerpiece reminds us of Ukraine.

Twenty-one photos of beautiful children and teachers arranged around the table as if to help the souls find their places. Candles lit and placed on each photo to light the way. But the places remained empty.

A suggestion to read the names printed on the photos. How long does it take to read 21 names? An eternity of pain.

Then the song. “I’m holding you in light, to heal you, to hold you. I’m holding you in light, to hold you in love.” It’s hard to sing as you cry.

Tears flowed 2000 miles from Uvalde. Will our tears be the start to a safer world for our children? Will it happen here? How many children? Who’s child? Which teacher? Who is in charge? Will they do anything this time?

Twenty-one sunflowers planted in my garden today. They will grow for those who cannot.

LINDA LARSON

Sandpoint

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