Update: We have decided to not move forward with The 26Valentines Project. While this well-intentioned effort will be no more, we know we’ll all continue to honor these adults and children in our own ways.
Starting on February 1st and lasting 26 days, a chain of words will begin in an effort to tell stories. Each of the writers in the spaces along this chain will write one post each, to give the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy 26 more places to be remembered.
This is a simple act of telling, to share a little more about each person, in an attempt to help those of us reading along to remember. It began with a conversation between myself and my friend Ellen of Love That Max—Can we do something, share some words…something?-— and that became this project, shared among many bloggers from many places, all across the web.
We haven’t forgotten and we won’t, but we carry on with our many distractions while the families and friends of the victims cannot. The 26Valentine Project is one small way to carry on the memories of lives lost, with details about more than the ways these lives each ended. All 26 posts will be but a glimpse into the life of a beautiful child or woman who was here and made this place better, and will always matter to the world. They moved through life in Newtown and spent their days at Sandy Hook school. They were loved fiercely by their parents and siblings and throngs of many others. There are so many stories to tell about all their days of living. We can’t tell them all, of course, but our intention is to tell what we can. We all want to do what we can.
(see note at the top of this post)