No formal Coffee Chat today folks, as I am briefly out of town visiting my mom.
Which means lots of shopping!!
And chocolate.
Also, wine tends to invite itself to the party.  

So while I am eating chocolate, drinking wine, shopping.....and then relaxing in their jacuzzi, I thought I would leave you with something I read earlier.

 This is an excerpt from the speech delivered by President Obama at the Sunday prayer vigil in Newtown, Conn., in honour of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting:

But we, as a nation, we are left with some hard questions. Someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside of your body all the time, walking around. With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves -- our child -- is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice. And every parent knows there is nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm. And yet, we also know that with that child’s very first step, and each step after that, they are separating from us; that we won’t -- that we can’t always be there for them. They’ll suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments. And we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear. 

And we know we can’t do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself. That this job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children. 

This is our first task -- caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. 

 And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children -- all of them -- safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? 

 I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change. 
America.....I'm a little in love with your President right now.
It's an awe inspiring thing, when men become the leaders they are supposed to be.

My dear neighbours......hold your leaders to their promises.   You are not powerless.  The politics are not too hard.   No longer weigh the price of freedom against the freedom "to".    Reclaim the promise of what your nation was intended to be:  Freedom "from."
Protect and preserve that.

And if you stumble along the way - take heart and don't give up.
20 little souls are counting on you to become a nation "worthy of their memory."

Stay tuned:  later in the week Left Brain will be sharing his own thoughts from the perspective of a Police Officer.  I've gotten a few questions about our gun control laws here in Canada, and he'll be answering some of those questions.