Let me preface by saying this: I have written a blog for nearly 10 years now. Over that span of time, I have written things that some people love…things that people hate…I have even been threatened with a lawsuit a few times.
I don’t write so people will carry me on their shoulders through a ticker-tape parade…I don’t write to aggravate people to the brink where they show up with torches and pitch forks. I write so I can say what I feel needs to be said. It’s not always right…it’s not always wrong…but I can assure you it is REAL without any buffering.
This blog entry is no different.
If you follow my FB page then you know I post often about Jake Wilson who has been missing for more than 100 days. Mollie Tibbett has been missing for a week. Kaiden Estling was riding his moped when he was hit and killed. The person who hit him…left him for dead…and took off. Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted and murdered. Their killer has STILL not been caught.
I have repeated the above information several times.
Last night I was stunned when I read comments that said things like this:
“Stop spreading fear. Cases like this have been around for years. This is nothing new.”
ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME.
Look I could handle when people would comment about my post-baby figure or “clown” makeup with “floozy red lipstick” because that is all superficial crap. But comments like the one above…nope. Not today…not ever.
I am sorry that it scares me that two people very close to home VANISHED without a trace. Without a clue.
I am sorry that it scares me that Jake Wilson has been gone for more than 100 days and his name and picture have fallen from the headlines.
I am sorry that it scares me that a young man went for a ride on his moped and a driver slammed into him so hard that it killed him. And rather than trying to save Kaiden’s life…that driver took off leaving the teenager to die.
I am sorry that it scares me that two young girls were MURDERED and the person behind it is STILL OUT THERE.
I am sorry that is scares me that I find myself wondering “is this the new normal?”
I am sorry that it scares me that there are people who accept the fact that cases like these are nothing new.
That is unacceptable to me.
Children should not vanish.
Children should not be murdered.
Children should not be left to die.
We do everything we can to protect our children. We do everything we can to protect our neighbor’s children. We do everything we can to protect children in the next town. And if God forbid evil comes and takes one of our children…we do everything we can to bring them back home.
We don’t sit at home and criticize people from our phones who are trying to be a voice for children. We don’t accept that this is “nothing new.”
This is not about scaring people or living in fear.
There are children missing.
There are children who have been killed.
And we don’t know who is behind it all.
That is REAL.
And if it’s fear that is my driving force to protect my children and yours…then SO BE IT.