Jessica, I hope you never see this. I hope you haven’t been reading the paper at all. But if you do pick up a page, I just want you to know how very sorry I am. How sorry we all are. As a community, we are so sorry for your loss.
You know better than anyone that there is no place in this world safe enough for women and children. Even here in our valley, many women and kids know that from soul-tearing, first-hand experience. Most women and children who are hurt or abused are attacked by men they know and trust.
I will not pretend to know the depth of your loss. But I do see how bravely you are fighting against the pain.
Please know that as a community, we see you. We see the strength of your resolve. We see the graceful way you have remembered your daughter. We silently cheer for you every time you or your family representatives express your love for sweet Lizzie.
We honor you.
I know this won’t end for you, but I hope it gets easier to bear. If there is anything we can do to help, we want to help you. We will grieve with you. We will cry with you. We will stand up beside you to move forward.
We will honor Lizzy.
I’m not the kind of person that decorates my home. But I want you to know there are bows wrapped around my trees. There are ribbons on my doorknobs. Rainbows to remember.
We will remember that goodness should be cherished. Innocence should be protected. Collectively, we are determined to help prevent abuse wherever we can. We will open our eyes to fight the darkness that exists, even in the best places. We will be more kind and responsive. We will be more supportive, especially of women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.
I wish I could say the world will be a safer place tomorrow because of your tragedy. I can’t say that.
But I can say, all of us who weep with you will do our best to make the world safer one woman or child at a time. We will lend our strength to those who may need it. We will remember your strength in your greatest hour of distress.
Thank you for accepting our awkward attempts at sympathy. Thank you for sharing your feelings with us. Thank you for allowing us to express our love to you and our love for a little girl whose beautiful memory you shared with us.
We will not forget to Live like Lizzy.
Rainbows to remember.
Kate E Anderson is a mother of five living in North Logan. She can be reached at email@example.com