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My Post On The Events in Tucson...

Real Estate Agent with New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

I have been trying to decide what to write... about all of the terrible happenings in Tucson this past Saturday, January 8, 2011.  I have had various Active Rainers email me asking me when my post would be forthcoming.

I know some are expecting, and with good reason, a post about any one of a number of liberal/progressive subjects and causes I hold dear... and to connect it with this horrible tragedy to prove some political point.  Not this time, my friends.

I have decided on this:

If there are rain puddles in heaven... Christina is jumping in them today.


Posted by

Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Susan:  This is a time for healing, for caring, and for doing everything in our power to find some positive way to send healing thoughts to these grieving folks.

Jan 14, 2011 05:01 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Bob:  I don't know if you have ever lost someone like this... but if you could think back to the happiness that you and Christa felt on your special day... and then turned that happiness inside out, and then multiplied it by some crazy number... that... is how these parents feel.  Maybe.

I very much believe in the power of what I choose to call positive energy.  Perhaps it is similar to self-created Karma.  I'm not sure.  But somehow healing simply must take place for these folks... although I am also sure that they cannot even begin to imagine how that will happen.  I also believe that each of us... in our own personal way... each of us can help.

Jan 14, 2011 05:08 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Teral:  Angels born, and angels taken away.  Anyone who has enough faith to handle something like this... is truly fortunate indeed.

Jan 14, 2011 05:10 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Steve:  As I mentioned to Paul above... this was so easy to write... yet almost impossible to write... let alone imagine.  Bless you for your kind words.  I sit here at my monitor and stare at your words "class act..." and all I can think of is Christina.  Honestly and truly it makes me want to jump in my Honda and set my sail West on I-20 and I-10 until I get first to that Kroger parking lot, and then to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church where this memorial Funeral Mass took place... and just sit there.

And if you know anything about me... you have to know I am thinking about it.  Something inside of me just feels like I must do something.  I feel so helpless.

Jan 14, 2011 05:15 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Marchel:  It doesn't make sense.  No sense at all.  There is just so much more that I feel inside that I cannot seem to make enough sense of to put it in one of these silly little comment boxes.  My heart is truly with Christina's parents... and with all those who have lost loved ones, and have no place to go with their grief.

Jan 14, 2011 05:17 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Liz:  A shame.  A life of total broken'ness remains for so many who loved her, and who also love all those who were senselessly taken.

Jan 14, 2011 05:19 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

The tragic irony of this child's birth date and loss in this event is overwhelming, Karen Anne.  

I can only tell you a story that was included in the back story of Tim Russert when he died.  He had come to the aid of a friend who lost a teen age child with a perspective that I found interesting. 

If an angel had come to Christina's family before she was born and asked if they wanted a child who would make them happy but only for nine years before she would be lost, would they have accepted that deal - and I think they would.  

My point is that perhaps we can take solace in the extraordinary life that Christina had for 3,042 days and the joy and happiness that she and her family shared.  By all accounts, she was exceptional in so many ways.  Despite the darkness and despair we all feel today, there will come a time when thoughts of Christina will bring a smile to her family rather than a tear.  I hope her family can also take comfort in their beliefs that they will see Christina again in God's own good time.  With our religious beliefs and miracle of the human mind which seems to heal itself, we will all be able, in time, to celebrate Christina's life rather than focus on her loss.

Until that day.  

Jan 14, 2011 05:31 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

What a beautiful flower that was taken away in a brutal way...

Jan 14, 2011 10:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Karen Anne - if I could hit the suggest button five times today --- it still would not be enough. 

Well said.


Jan 14, 2011 11:06 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Karen it has been a tough week for all Arizona's who have lost so many wonderful people - and for the whole country as well.  This sweet sweet little girl - she surely is jumping in rain puddles.  It makes my heart break for her parents and brother - and the lady that so kindly took her to meet the Congresswoman and acts like her 'grandma'.  Sad sad sad.....it's just hard imagine what they'll be going throught for quite some time.

Jan 15, 2011 05:25 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Anna:  I had not thought, and maybe did not even know that Christina had a brother.  Oh, this must be so awful for him.  And... even worse for this "grandmotherly" woman... whom I am sure is a very lovely lady.  But... what she must be putting herself through... in that if it weren't for her taking Christina to this event, that Christina would still be alive.

Oh... how horrible.  I hope she has a sufficient support system to care for her.  I obviously do not know this woman... but if it were me who... being the sweet grandmotherly type... took Christina to see "Democracy in action"... only to have her life end in tragedy... I honestly do not know how I would cope with it.

Jan 15, 2011 06:22 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Karen Anne, she is the same age as my son, Cole, would have been. There is a firetruck playground in Grapevine that the community built in their effort to memorialize and hold together the surviving. That's what we do. We lift up one another until standing on our own isn't such a chore anymore. Every little effort -- like your post and positive energy you sent their way -- is another pinch of salt to preserve and flavor life.

Jan 16, 2011 12:22 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have cried many tears for her family.  For her school mates, for her neighbors, her community, her city, her state, her country, but for her little "face of hope", none.  Because I think heaven is shining a little brighter and this beautiful bright girl is having some really great conversations with God.

And I'm not going to "ruin" this post with politics.  They have NO place in this post.

Jan 16, 2011 12:32 AM
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Very Well written. A eulogy in fine style. Bravo for pointing to reality.

Jan 16, 2011 10:25 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Karen Anne,  I pray that God will give her parents, her family and friends strength to bear the loss. I can't imagine what the kids in her class must be going through.

Jan 16, 2011 10:49 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

KarenAnne, a post for Christina was very touching...I remember watching the President talk about all the people that lost their life that day...and could tell that he was thinking about his own daughters....as I am sure everyone else was thinking the same.

Jan 16, 2011 12:10 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Karen, and today her eyes are helping others see. Thank you for speaking so eloquently from the heart.

Jan 17, 2011 10:45 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Karen ... Your words are moving along with the phone of this young life taken from earth ... "Priceless"

Your post has been "Highlighted/ Featured" at ...




"This ones for you ... Christina where ever you are ...

Jan 19, 2011 04:49 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


To quote William Shakespeare,

"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep...
William Shakespeare

Christina's life tugged at your heart and the nations! Her short, sweet life will live on through eternity. Thank you for starting this Blog.

Jan 20, 2011 03:36 AM
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Mortgage Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | First Federal Bank of Florida, Ocala, FL - The Villages, FL
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Often times, less is more. Well done, Karen Anne.

Jan 20, 2011 04:39 PM