“Can my kids play in the backyard? Can my kids ride their bikes down the street and back? Can my oldest daughter go to the pool by herself? Can my kids chase down the ice cream truck? Can my kids go to the park? Can I go for a run outside? Can I go for a bike ride by myself? What the he** is going on??”
Welcome to inside my brain.
I was up until 4:47am to be exact asking myself these questions over and over again.
I saw Jake’s face.
I saw Mollie’s face.
I saw Elizabeth’s face.
I saw Lyric’s face.
Two children are gone forever.
One went for a walk and hasn’t been seen for more than 100 days.
One for a jog and vanished almost a week ago.
We will share their pictures on social media…
We will say their names…
But we know what will happen next: the story will disappear from the headlines…and eventually fall off the radar.
They’ll be referred to as “those cousins from Evansdale…that boy from La Porte City…that college girl from near Des Moines.” You know it’s true.
We have to do better.
We have to demand better.
We have to figure out what the he** is going on. Seriously.
As a mom, I am living in fear…fear that it will happen to us.
And it’s making me crazy.
The other day my son was playing in the backyard. When I looked out the kitchen window, I couldn’t see him. I immediately started to hyperventilate. I ran out the back door and there he was…rolling around in the grass.
I am rambling right now because I honestly have no idea what to say or what to think.
But here we are again…Iowa is the top of the headlines because one of our children is missing.
Can we bring back the neighborhoods where everyone is watching out for EVERYONE?
Can we bring back HARDCORE Neighborhood Watch groups?
Can we go back to the days where every porch light is on so the entire street is lit up?
Can we DO SOMETHING??
Our number one priority as a community needs to be keeping our children safe.
There are far too many children who are not safe right now…
And it keeps getting closer and closer to home.