In trying to process Friday’s events in Connecticut, I found myself thinking of the text of The Red Tree by Shaun Tan, where the unnamed narrator states “…the world is a deaf machine without sense or reason” and “…terrible fates are inevitable…sometimes you just don’t know what you are supposed to do or who you are supposed to be…” Right now, I can understand that feeling. As an artist, people are important to me. As an educator, children are supremely important to me, and I cannot comprehend why anyone would want to hurt them. I create puppets because I want to share emotions and experiences with other people through story. When something like this happens, it is easy to be overwhelmed and question our world.
So I’m trying to work, and create and make art because that is what I know how to do. And hopefully, as in Tan’s story, things will get better in the end. Be well, world.