Let me explain what you are going to see on Caterpickles this week

Angel of grief, a 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story. The sculpture serves as the gravestone of the artist and his wife Emelyn at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. (Photo: LuciusCommons via Wikipedia)

Angel of grief, a 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story. The sculpture serves as the gravestone of the artist and his wife Emelyn at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. (Photo: LuciusCommons via Wikipedia)

The recent events in Newtown are crushingly sad. So sad that I didn’t think about Caterpickles after I heard about it, and you will have seen a couple of posts go up that I had already scheduled before I heard the news.

But now I am going to take a few days to be quiet and thoughtful and reflective and thankful to be at home with The Five-Year-Old. Caterpickles will be silent during this time.

It’s woefully inadequate, but it is what it is. It turns out that I need a place that isn’t the incessantly amplified echo chamber of Facebook, Twitter, online blogs, and 24-hour news. That’s what Caterpickles will be when we are back.

It’s not that Newtown isn’t important. It’s not that our country shouldn’t change because of this. It’s because I need Caterpickles to be that kind of a place.

But for now, the funerals have begun and I cannot bear to laugh.

About Shala Howell

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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