David Hogg

A Beautiful Sight – Hope in the Wake of Tragedy

It’s easy to complain … seems like I’ve been doing it nonstop since November ’16. Determined to write something positive today, I asked myself, “What is the most beautiful thing I have seen lately?”

The answer was there waiting for me before I could finish the question: those students in Florida. The way they marched to Tallahassee determined to make a difference. The way they tempered their anger and pain with their intellect and handled themselves in a manner we can all be proud of. The way they were filled with, and inspired hope; beautiful, human hope.

If I was in a complainy mood, I might mention that by and large the Florida elected representatives blew the young people off, and how sad it is to see their hopes get dashed. But I know all too well that although I’d bet that our leaders will give gun control measures lip service for another couple weeks before letting it drop and hitting up the NRA for another donation, I hope to God I’m wrong.

Even I still have hope, which gives me hope! And I know in my heart that those brave students did not have their hope dashed, their determination lessened or their ideals diminished.

Perhaps hope is our greatest attribute; the never-dying idea that no matter how good or bad things are, they can be better.


Hope is what keeps us going, striving to reach higher. Hope is why we seek and accomplish and love and dare to take risks; hope that we can give our children more and our spouse a happy life and ourselves a feeling of accomplishment.

Hope that we can still make a difference and hope that this is a nation in which children and teachers are not scared to go to school. After a fashion, even complaining is hoping – if you didn’t think things could be better you wouldn’t take the time to complain!

Students Protest after Parkland shooting
Students walk out in protest, march to Parkland High

Hope always seems to be there, nudging us along. Maybe if we all hope together our leaders will finally put lives ahead of dollars, kids and teachers ahead of campaign promises and the spirit of the Second Amendment ahead of misinformation and put some restrictions in place.


1 2 3 hope!  



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A graduate of Portland State University, Steve Kloser is the author of “Beginning Band - A Guide to Success” and “Let's Make Music - Classroom Recorder Course”.
He is also an accomplished teacher, conductor and composer, having penned numerous pieces including: La Vida and Fly With Me.
Teacher, web developer, Packers fan and proud American, Reeno's usually slanted outlook often presents an unlikely perspective on issues old and new. Reeno currently lives in Portland, OR.
Read more at www.reeno317.me or follow Reeno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/portlandreeno.

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