Are the Good Days Gone? We Can Bring Them Back


This is a drawing I did wanting to capture the magic of winter in New England as I saw in books as a kid-not sure when I made this but I think in 1999.

At this time of year, living in an area of small New England towns, I always looked forward to the first big snowfall. I find that after the tragedy not quite a week ago in Newtown, a very familiar neighboring town, I can’t be happy about winter or almost anything, the grief is still too strong.  Yet, I am proud of the people there and how they have shown the world what compassion, heroism and dignity looks like. I am in awe of the way parents have honored their innocent, lost children. And I hope we’ll learn something from this. Quaint New England towns as well as any town or city in the world do not need semi-automatic assault rifles. You don’t need them for the sport of hunting or for any other reason. And it should be easier to get mental health support than it is to buy one of those or any other gun. This will be a long, sorrowful winter and future for our country if we do not honor life, love and abundance over death, destruction and hell. I can’t accept that all our happy days are gone and children being safe and loved can only be found in old books that no longer resemble our present times.

2 thoughts on “Are the Good Days Gone? We Can Bring Them Back”

  1. Gun violence against children must cause even the most insulated government representative to pause and question what the cost is to our American culture if steps are not taken to control the availability of assault weapons and high capacity gun magazines. In the midst of calls from many for cuts in funding for programs that assist those dealing with mental illnesses and disorders, there needs to be a rational and common sense discussion about how we, as a nation, are going to help provide needed services to those who may become a threat to others or to themselves.

    I understand the reluctance of some to pay more taxes, to give up perceived rights, to invest in the good health of people they don’t know, or to accept a broader responsibility for what negative influences exist in the media or entertainment industry. As long as people make money, a lot of money, producing and selling assault weapons or producing and selling violent games and other forms of violent entertainment, there are those who will continue to do so. As long as we underfund mental health programs in our states, we will have people who may become harmful to themselves or to others. As long as we allow special interest groups to dictate what our representatives in governments consider to be priorities, there will be no resolve to examine how the gun culture and the mental health crisis in our society can be reformed.

    There can be a reasonable balance that would protect the spirit of the Second Amendment and our privacy laws while making our country a safer place to live. Each of us can influence how we go forward from here in our families, in our communities, and in our nation. We need to contact those who make the decisions on our behalf and tell them what we want the priorities to be. We owe it to everyone’s children.

  2. Beautiful painting, Elaine, and I completely agree. Unfortunately, Newtown has highlighted the startling laxity of firearms regulation as well as deficiencies in recognizing and treating mental health issues. As a nation, we are being confronted with re-considering what life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness really means. I think that we can reach a satisfactory compromise on both issues, one that truly protects individual freedoms at much less of a human cost.

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