A Response

I don’t usually respond to comments on my blog, other than every once in awhile to answer questions you ask. But tonight I felt like I had to get on and respond to some of the comments that have been posted in response to yesterday’s blog.

First, I feel badly that one thing I said yesterday was misunderstood. When I talked about how glad I was it was over, I was referring (I thought very specifically) to the actual day. Yesterday was a terrible day in many people’s lives, and I hope we never have to repeat it.

I realize that the whole experience is not over. The consequences of what took place yesterday will affect many people, in many ways, and nothing I say will make that any easier. I’m sorry if I offended or hurt anyone by my comments.

Second, I have tried so hard throughout this very difficult situation to express my genuine sorrow and concern, and to make sure everything was handled respectfully, appreciatively, and fairly. I ask you to do the same. As it says on the first page of my blog, I invite you to share your thoughts, but please keep them appropriate. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I’m a big girl and I can handle criticism. But I would appreciate it if you could share your concerns respectfully.

For those who have expressed encouragement and support (even though you don’t understand the decisions that were made), I thank you. I was touched as I read your comments and sweet expressions of love and understanding. I can’t tell you how much they mean to me.

Our demonstrators are why we do what we do. You are at the heart of every decision we make, every step we take. I understand that it may be difficult to understand, without knowing everything that was taken into consideration, why we made the decisions we made. I thank you for your trust and support, and I promise you it is not misplaced.