The date chosen for the student-led March for Our Lives is now a little more than a week away. It's easy, as with all tragedies - and especially school shootings, to do a little mental spring cleaning and sweep our fervor for change under the rug now that things feel (and I'll stress "feel") normal once again. It's easy to focus on our basketball brackets and just let the glow of our televisions wick the important issues out of our hearts and minds. I hope the students are successful. I hope they are listened to, and I hope the voices calling the planned protest a staged hoax will not prevail.
What's particularly poignant to me is the fact that the statue which has topped the U.S. Capitol Building since 1863 is the personification of freedom. Not only that, the bronze creation - holding sword, shield and wreath, is sometimes referred to as "Armed Freedom." This is the up-hill-capitol-hill the young people face. It's not an easy hill to climb, but nothing so meaningful ever is.