1,000 Words: The parents


There isn’t a good parent in the world who doesn’t understand the pain of Tom Sullivan, center, who is shown in this AP photo embracing family members outside Gateway High School in Aurora. He’s looking for his son, Alex, who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see “The Dark Knight Rises.”

(Photo: Barry Gutierrez/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

There’s already a fair amount of political squabbling going on in the wake of the tragedy in Colorado. But this is the story today. It’s the only story for today.

  • Kat S

    I don’t know the names of the dead in Aurora yet; I truly hope Tom Sullivan found his son safe.

    I have no idea who originally said “no parent should have to bury their child,” but I’m guessing whatever language it was first said in no longer exists. The possibility hits me harder now that I’m a parent than I ever could have imagined.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Kat S – well said.

    Perhaps the extreme pain over the loss of a child can be explained by at least 3 different types of factors:1) They are biologically literally a part of us;2) they brought us great joy and will be sorely missed; 3) we have deep regret over not treating them with all of the love they deserved when we had the chance.

    If our children are still around, the last one we can still do something about.


  • Bob Collins

    I don’t know, Jim. I do find it a bit depressing that there’s a perceived need to explain the extreme pain of losing a child,

  • Jim Shapiro

    I don’t know, Bob, but I do find it a bit depressing when someone doesn’t analyze an entire comment for it’s full context, and instead apparently has a need to highlight something negative.


  • annie

    Can I play your guessing game too?


    above in consciousness so below in matter, ms. Kat.”