Time Magazine - The World Moves On And You Don't

Posted by Darrell Scott on 1/17/2019
In late November, 2018, I received a phone call from Time Magazine asking if I
would come to NYC for a photo shoot on a story about parents who had lost their
children through gun violence.

I arrived there to meet the other 6 parents and was pleasantly surprised to see 3 of
them that I had previously met. Tom Mauser lost his son, Daniel, at Columbine
on, of course, the same day that my Rachel was killed. Tom and I had known each
other, because of our mutual losses, for 20 years.

Then there was Nicole Hockley and Andrew Pollack, both of whom my wife,
Sandy, and I had met at the White House in a meeting with the President and Vice-
President shortly after the Parkland shootings. Andrew lost his daughter, Meadow,
at Stoneman Douglas High School, and Nicole lost her little boy, Dylan, in the
Sandy Hook shootings.

The six of us are diverse in many ways. We have different religious views,
different political views, and even different views on such topics as gun control.
However, the thing we all have in common is the loss of a precious child.

Some of us have become activists in different arenas. Tom Mauser has been a gun
control advocate for many years. Nicole plays a lead role in “The Sandy Hook
Promise”, an organization that is having an impact on schools today. Andrew
Pollack lobbies state legislators for better ways to protect the school buildings,
such as the use of metal detectors.

Meanwhile, parents like Scarlett Lewis, who lost her son, Jesse, at Sandy Hook
(not pictured), and myself and my wife, Sandy, focus on the social and emotional
needs of students through programs such as the Jesse Lewis Choose Love
Movement and Rachel’s Challenge.

Although we go different directions with our solutions and focus, we are united in
our grief and support for one another.

I have friends that have sincerely congratulated me for being on the cover of Time
Magazine, but I gently remind them that it is not the way I wanted to get there, and
never would wish that on anyone else.


Posted by Darrell Scott on 11/9/2018

I kissed a frog to get a prince
But then what happened makes no sense
The frog became an ugly rat
Now can you just imagine that

I kissed the rat and he became
A mangy dog, it was a shame
I kissed the dog, a snake appeared
Its ugly head it slowly reared

I kissed it fast and something stunk
The snake had turned into a skunk
I told the skunk that he should scat
A prince is just not worth all that!


Posted by Darrell Scott on 11/9/2018

We see the words on marble stone
Three words for those who are deceased
Advice to those who now are gone
Three words of comfort: “Rest in Peace”

For most cannot attain that goal
Their anxious thoughts have kept them bound
While outer things consume their soul
Until they’re buried in the ground

But hear that quiet, inner voice
With healing words it wants to give
That urges us to make the choice
To rest in peace while we yet live!