4/20/19. The Great American smoke out, all things green, the Pink Full Moon and Earth Day all rolled up into one week. Whew, it’s a doozy! For some Coloradoans, 4/20 is the annual reminder of the Columbine shooting, now 20 years ago. We relived that threat again this week with a shooter in the foothills of Colorado. This event affected one million students and their families in the metro area.

We all remember where we were when the shooting happened and it has become a body memory for many, every year. My girlfriend and I both had our children a couple of years after the Columbine tragedy and are now affected in different ways at this time for other senseless acts of violence in our world. When our kids were in elementary school I had to teach my kids (in their language) what to do if there was a shooting at school. I used the character in Randall from Monster’s Inc. and told them to blend in like Randall, lay down, and slither out where we would be waiting for them. In middle school, I found myself teaching them what to do in a movie theatre for a shooting instead of about holding hands with a boy during the moving. Once while in high school, a few of them were headed back to school during homecoming week and there was a Sheriff’s vehicle with lights directing traffic away from school. One girl commented that it was just for the Homecoming parade. They found out that they were turned away because of a school threat. The lockout and lockdown drills are commonplace for them, I don’t think they are even affected. Every school shooting now or lockdown drill sends me to mild PTSD. I decided to sell Nature’s Best products from Colorado because they are the best CBD Oils on the market and effective for a variety of wellness concerns, including PTSD.

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Remember Columbine, and be kind to each other.