, Newburyport, MA


January 15, 2013

Evil exists ... but never prevails

Now that my tear ducts have been totally exhausted from the events of Newtown, it is now time for the greatest task of all. To try to accept, heal and return to a somewhat normalcy in our lives, but as any U.S. soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will tell you, it’s easier said than done. I will confess to you that I have buried many close relatives and friends well before their time, and even though I was never blessed with having a child of my own, this particular tragedy has hit me like none before.

We all have had a piece of our hearts torn away and buried with each innocent child and educator of Sandy Hook Elementary. Our inner peace of knowing the children and their teachers are safe in school has, once again, been singled out, crushed and stomped upon.

But my intent is now to show that even in the darkest moments that shake our faith in our fellow man, there are actions and reactions that aid to help patch and heal those pieces of our soul that have been irreverently marred by such cataclysmic events.

My first example of good overcoming evil comes from a very unlikely source for me. As many have concluded by now, if you’ve read any of my previous articles, I have been a devout season ticket holder of my beloved Patriots since 1980, but I have to tip my hat and bow to, of all people and teams, the New York Giants wide receiver NO. 80 Victor Cruz for his commitment to one of the young tots, 6-year-old Jack Pinto of Newtown.

It seems Jack was one of Victor’s No. 1 fans. Victor even wrote Jack’s name on his shoes for the Sunday night game against Atlanta. When asked by the press how he felt about Jack being buried Monday in his hero’s replica shirt, Victor misted up and replied, “You never go through some circumstances like this,” he said. “This was definitely the toughest by far.”

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