It is so true, what others have already written. I feel the same way. I shudder with grief and shock when I put myself in the shoes of those parents whose children attend Virginia Tech. I imagine the terror tinged with hope that must overtake them while they pray, even beg, for their children to call them, telling them they weren't hurt today. I can't stop thinking of the parents who won't get those miraculous calls. I think we all, as parents, can't help but put ourselves in their shoes. We cry collectively at their losses and pray for them, knowing that with senseless violence such as this any child could have been a victim. My child. Your child. The thing is, once we step into their shoes, we can't step easily out. And it will be impossible for us to lay down our heads tonight and pretend that the world we launch our kids into--the world we work so hard to prepare them for--is OK.