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Remembering Sandy Hook through one family's eyes

by Alan Herzberger Modified: December 13, 2013 at 7:45 am •  Published: December 13, 2013

Saturday marks the anniversary of the 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

This video has been making the rounds this week. It comes from Robbie and Alissa Parker, who lost their daughter Emilie on Dec. 14, 2012.

It’s truly an inspirational story about the family’s walk through terrible grief and finding ways to cope, shine and create good in the world.

I was intrigued by the family and found that they have been blogging their experiences over the past year on The Parker Five. If you need a good read, give the Oct. 3 post a try … Butterflies.

I miss Em a lot lately.  I miss everything about her sweet beautiful face smiling up at me.  It is sometimes hard to understand why I don’t still have my little butterfly.  There are days when my face I am sure looks a lot like Emilie’s did the day we let her butterflies go.  I want her to be with me.  I want to hold her and listen to her constant talking.  I pray for help, strength and patience to endure the longing my heart feels for my little girl.

That’s only part of it. You really should read the rest.

Other stories have been written about the Parkers. The Deseret News had a story in March.

The family titled the blog The Parker Five because: “We will always be together.” Alissa Parker said she is taking things one day at a time and knows it’s going to be long healing process for her and her family.

And this week, Huffington Post had a story about the anniversary and the same video from above in a story titled, “‘Evil Did Not Win’ At Sandy Hook.”

Now they’ve decided to speak about the unexpectedly good things that have happened since the tragedy, as strangers reached out to them with words of comfort and acts of kindness.

The video and the blog put me as close as I ever want to be to the Parker family’s position. Truly heartbreaking. Maybe it hits me more because I have a daughter that the same age Emilie was last December.

That’s the power of the Internet — the power of blogging.

I’ll share a lot of things on NewsOK and our social media channels today. A lot will be informative. Some will be entertaining.

Not all of it will stick in the back of your mind.

This is one to remember when you get home this weekend.  It will stay with you.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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