I want to tell you a story. An important story. And then I want you to share it.

I want to tell you a story. An important story. And then I want you to share it. To help people understand why the small things we do matter – amidst all the big things that seem so insurmountable and scary.

I want to tell you what 7 yr old Daniel did, 7 yrs ago today.

Daniel never awoke before his beloved older brother, who got on the bus at 6:20 each morning.

But on Dec.14, 2012, implausibly, he did. He hustled down the driveway in his pjs and flip flops, and hugged his brother goodbye.

“The only time that ever happened”, said his dad.

/ Back inside, his dad told him he could go back to bed, but Daniel wouldn’t. He wanted to cuddle with his dad.

When his sister left for school, and his mom left for work, they got big hugs too. So nice, they remember, because often Daniel was still asleep when they left.

On the walk to the bus stop with his dad, he didn’t want to play their usual game of tag.

“Can we just hold hands today?” He asked.

So they did.
Daniel didn’t come home on the bus that afternoon.

He died, 7 years ago today, in his first grade classroom.

But what he did that morning – the hugs, the cuddling, the holding hands – are, for his family, perhaps the most important things he ever did.

Big things matter. I know they do. I fill my days working on big things.

But small things – the kind words, the little favor, the easy compliment, the hug – matter more to those on the receiving end than any of us know.

Today, more than other days, that’s worth remembering.


Chris Murphy


Updated: December 18, 2019 — 6:10 pm
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Thank you. There isn’t a day, an hour that goes by without the fear today…. not for myself, but, for “our” children. It’s an awful way to live (us). 😟

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I’ll never stop being heartbroken for you, your constituents, and everyone who bears the toll of gun violence in our country. Thank you for your hard work as always, Senator.

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It took me 4 attempts to read your comment because of the tears that flowed after reading @ChrisMurphyCT ’s thread. The memory of this terrible tragedy and the others like it must be kept alive so we can, hopefully, move toward a safer society.

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This is what a real President looks like. And the Republicans were so adamant that he get nothing that they made sure that these poor children died in vain. If we have to answer for ourselves at the end, I hope they realize now that there is no rational answer for what they did

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You, more than any other US Senator, have been a light shining in the darkness for all of us affected by gun violence. The tragedy that was Sandy Hook is a moral failure of American leadership and of decent humanity. It sits beside thousands of other tragedies & makes us weaker.

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Sen Murphy, my heart breaks again. It’s such a hard day. We know the family of one of the teacher’s mowed down 7 years ago. And today is my sweet granddaughter’s 7th birthday. She was born on the day this horrific event happened. That we have not moved mountains to change it? 😢

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Oh Chris…I knew where this was going to end but it still made me cry…
I knew when we decided that the right to have guns was more important than first grader’s lives that our country was in deep trouble.
I never imagined that we would come to this.
#VoteBlue2020

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Our Country is living in fear ,we cannot let this continue .