This morning I woke up and made my kids’ breakfast. I hugged them tighter than ever before. I smoothed their fly away hairs and wiped some food from their face. I got them dressed,¬†cleaned up their dishes and made their beds. Just like I do every day. I have three kids of similar ages to one of the two hostages killed in yesterday’s siege. How do you explain to those children what happened to their mum?

My 4yo, oblivious to the events, heard a snippet from the news. “Who changed someone’s lives?”, she asked. “A nasty person did some nasty things,” I replied. “That person should be with their family not just walking around doing nasty things”.

Then I sat on the couch and cried.

Go gently xx