Nobody ever said it was easy being a parent.
You do the best you can raising your children, from the minute they are born until the day they leave your house to be on their own.
Being a parent is the greatest part of life as far as I am concerned. But it doesn't come without its heartaches.
Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech puts everything in perspective. When I heard about the shootings the first thing I thought about was our two daughters at college. Why Virginia Tech and not Capital University or Bowling Green? Our youngest, Ryan, will be off to Owens College next fall. What if it happened there?
Many of you have children in college or away from home. It was the same for all of us.
What started out to be a random shooting turned out to be the deadliest campus shooting rampage in U.S. history.
This is how the story unfolded Monday on the Associated Press wire. It went from bad to worse.
10:21 a.m. BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech has reported a shooting on campus and has told students to remain inside away from windows.
10:28 a.m. BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) State government official tells The Associated Press that one person is dead in shooting on the Virginia Tech campus.
Watching it on television all day reminded me of 9-11. I remember when our former publisher, Steve Trosley, called me from his cell phone. He was on his way to Sandusky for a meeting and heard the initial reports on the radio.
He told me they weren't sure if it was an accident or not, but he did not have a good feeling.
12:16 p.m. BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Gunfire erupted in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing at least one person and leaving 21 injured before a suspect was arrested, authorities said.
12:25 p.m. BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech campus police chief says at least 22 are dead after a shooting at the university.
3:39 p.m. BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, in a classroom across campus Monday, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, government officials told The Associated Press. The gunman was killed, bringing the death toll to 31.
Every time you looked, the numbers were going up. The final count was 33 dead and dozens of others injured.
It strikes home to me because when our oldest daughter, Jordan, played volleyball at Miami University, her first tournament was at Virginia Tech. It is a beautiful campus with brick buildings in a rural setting. It would be one of the last places I would ever guess something like this would happen.
Something like this should never happen.
But it does.
No matter how you raise your children, nothing can prevent a tragedy like what happened Monday.
And there are other things. An Ohio University woman recently fell to her death while on spring break. Over the weekend a Miami of Ohio student from the Cleveland area was hit and killed by a train in Oxford.
Any death is a tragedy. Our hearts go out to all of the families and friends involved.
And we pray that it never happens again.