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Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Parent's Nightmare

I write this with tears in my eyes, as I read the story of a little boy, who begged to be allowed to walk home from camp on his own.  He was to meet his parents only 5 blocks away, in broad daylight, in one of the busiest neighborhoods.  He took a wrong turn and met pure evil. 
As parents, our first thuoghts are always with our children; their safety, well-being and happiness.  When we hear of another child, especially a little one, losing his life, we think of our own families, and how we would feel if this happened to us.  Now my children are older; one is 17 and one is 14.  The thoughts and fears don't disappear with age.  Maybe I am neurotic, but I still worry.  Yes, my daughter went to Europe for 3 weeks with 7 friends, but they knew what to do; always, always stay together, never let anyone buy you anything to eat or drink. Never leave one of your friends alone, even for a minute.
And now in a month and a half she will be off to college, on her own and making her own decisions.  I will still worry at night; is she walking by hereself when it's dark?  Will she meet someone at a party and "just this once" go alone with him or worse yet in a car?  But then I think-if there is one thing I raised both my children with, it is street smarts.   Maybe it means they trust people a little less.  But I know my daughter.  She knows the right thing to do  And I know that by letting her go, I amm giving her the greatest gift of all, which is the chance to grow up an independent, free-willed woman, who can make it on her own.
That is what those parents of the little 9 year boy, who begged his mommy to let him walk home for the first time were trying to do-give him the feeling of being grown up.  It was just a wrong turn, split second meeting that turned into disaster.  It could happen anywhere and to anyone.  We just have to hope and pray that we are lucky.  Hug your children a little tighter tonight.  I know I will.


  1. I think as parents we should teach our kids street smarts because it can be the difference between life and death. Hi! Following you from MBC. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: Thanks!

  2. It's not easy being a parent that's for sure. Mine are now grown up but I still worry about them. And now there's a one year old grandson to worry about! It's never ending but worth every magic moment.

  3. Stopping by from MBC. It is so hard to choose between keeping them safe and letting them fly. Always a struggle. New follower. Drop by the ARMY.

  4. I grew up in a big city (obviously in a different state than I live now :) My parents taught me street smarts from an early age, but also gave me the freedom to discover things on my own. I think as a parent it can be hard to find the balance between the two. Interesting post! New follower from MBC, look forward to your future posts! You can find me at

  5. Such a sad story, I agree.
    New follower-Jill