I just finished reading Sue Klebold’s book A Mother’s Reckoning.
*All proceeds from the book go towards mental health.
I live here in Littleton and knew people involved in the tragedy. I attend the church that planted 15 trees (including two for Dylan and Eric). I have probably crossed paths with Sue a hundred times, maybe a thousand, but I don’t know her. I have close friends that lived near the Klebold home. We joined those friends in praying as they left notes on her mailbox, etc.
I have a private counseling office one mile south of Columbine High School. Not a day goes by when I drive by the school that I don’t wonder about and tear up for all involved. I don’t think I’ll ever stop feeling sorrow for what happened. In fact, I marvel at our community’s ability to carry on.
It would be easy to say the parents of Dyan and Eric were bad; that they caused that horrible day. However, on almost every page of Sue’s book I found myself nodding and thinking, I could see that in my own children as they made their way from teens to adults. But for the grace of God go all of us.
This book in no way defends the horrible actions. Thankfully, Sue gives a glimpse into what was seemingly going well, and what was going wrong. For that she is courageous. I felt utter sadness that the parents had nowhere to pour out their grief.
My prayer is that Sue’s book will lead one mother or one teacher to take a deeper look at the teens in their midst.
Here’s a short clip with Sue Klebold and ABC News’ Diane Sawyer talking about the book on 20/20.
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."