The Kohler children are 14 year old Tom, 10 year old Lauren and 4 year old Charlotte or Charlie. A look into the adorable eyes of Charlie is the most difficult for Leslie because she sees the faces of the six year olds now being eulogized.
"She goes to pre-school and two girls in her class lost their older siblings," explained Kohler. "I stand in line every morning and every day at pick up at talk with those mothers. Now to think they have one child instead of two...I can't process it."
She struggles to consider how she will ever convince her children that it is safe to return to school. That's where the community enters the picture, and the strength of children. The first day back to school she wondered whether Lauren would get off the bus crying or smiling. The smile won the day.
The parents had bonded convincing each other it was best for the kids in Newtown to return to school as soon as possible. The kids took it from there. Relieved to see friends. Glad to talk with counselors. Happy to pet a therapy dog. School was safe again. And, Sandy Hook remained home.
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