I noticed the silence, turned around and looked at her on my screen. The young girl just stood there, didn’t say a word and at first, I didn’t understand.
I don’t watch the news anymore, I have it on but don’t pay too much attention. Much is happening too fast, it’s healthier for me to have it in the background now. “Why doesn’t she speak?” I wondered.
Emma Gonzales stood quietly in front of the microphone for 6 minutes and 20 seconds. A powerful silence that was heard all over the world. I stopped cleaning, sat down and watched her, minutes that felt like an eternity.
6 minutes and 20 seconds, that she says was the amount of time it took a shooter to kill 17 people at her school in Florida last month.
I thought about my school times and the fears I had back then. Being unprepared for a test or being called by name to answer questions I forgot to learn. I wondered about my grades and the other kids in my class, wished for less homework.
Today’s children fear for their lives when they go to school. I cannot even begin to imagine how it must feel.
I looked at Emma, saw the large crowd and tears rolled down my cheeks.
The youth gives me hope. I am impressed by the numbers who marched yesterday all over the world. They demand change, they want to be heard -they will not go away. One poster read: “I march today and vote tomorrow,” a clear message to politicians on both sides.
“If you cannot stop a movement, then lead it!” The politicians who will remember this old quote will be the winner at the end.