This is not the usual post that deals w/ the trials that each of us experience dealing w/ breast cancer. Instead, this is a post regarding our children, grandchildren, neighbors, etc.
I live in Jefferson City, Mo. JC is the Capitol of the State but not a big city. If you have lived here for any length of time, yf ou discover that everyone knows everyone. Sometimes that can be good and other times it can be bad. But this week, the citizens of JC had to face a fear that many other cities in the US have faced. Elizabeth Olten, a 9 yo beautiful little girl, was walking home from a friend's house on Wed evening (around 5 pm) and never made it home. Her family reported her missing w/in the hour. Hundreds of volunteers showed up w/in an hr of hearing the news and began searching in the cold rain. They searched most of the night and then began again the next morning. This afternoon, the authorities found Elizabeth's body. An older juvenile lead them to the place, in the woods, to find her. The juvenile is in custody.
I don't know what this world is coming to when it is not safe to let our children play outside by themselves or walk home from school or take a bike ride or just a walk. But I can assure you that my 4 granddaughters will NOT be doing any of the above w/out supervision from here on out. Make sure that you know your neighbors and get your Neighborhood Watch Programs in force. Work w/ your PTA and get a program of Block Moms in place. Do whatever it takes to make sure that you never have to experience the horrible emotions that the citizens of our city have experienced this week. I pray that you never have to sit down and attempt to explain to your children/grandchildren why someone hurt their classmate.
Love your children, Hold them close and keep even a closer eye on them.