A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
I'm sure you recognize the author's name: Klebold.
And I'm sure that you remember that on April 20, 1999, the author's son, Dylan, and his friend, Eric Harris, opened fire on students at Columbine High School, killing15 people.
This is the story told by Dylan's mother, Sue Klebold. Based on the diary she kept at the time, it is her account of that day and the subsequent days, made up of trying to come to terms with what happened.
She acknowledges that while her son also died in this tragedy, she is not looking for sympathy. But she deserves it.
Her story is raw, honest and painful. Reading this as a parent of a small boy was hard.
If you're looking for an answer as to why this happened, you won't find it here. She doesn't have the answer.
BUT, through reflection and research, she provides insight into the need for early intervention with adolescents, even if they push you away. Especially if they push you away.
I'm not giving this book any "mehs." Not only would it feel wrong, but I just can't think of any.
Quotes from A Mother's Reckoning:
“Tom and I were loving, attentive, and engaged parents, and Dylan was an enthusiastic, affectionate child. This wasn’t a kid we worried or prayed over, hoping he would eventually find his way and lead a productive life. We called him “The Sunshine Boy”–not just because of his halo of blond hair, but because everything seemed to come easily to him. I was grateful to be Dylan’s mother, and loved him with my whole heart and soul.”
“The ordinariness of our lives before Columbine will perhaps be the hardest thing for people to understand about my story. For me, it is also the most important. Our home life was not difficult or fraught. Our youngest child was not a handful, let alone someone we (or others who knew him) would have imagined to be a risk to himself or to anyone else. I wish many things had been different, but, most of all, I wish I had known it was possible for everything to seem fine with my son when it was not.”
“We teach our kids the importance of good dental care, proper nutrition, and financial responsibility. How many of us teach our children to monitor their own brain health, or know how to do it ourselves?”
I've found that when I've brought this book up to people, they recoil in horror, saying that they would never read it. Would YOU read it? Why or why not?
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