|The Relishas of the world deserve better|
That being said I am filled with a certain type of...rage that I can't even express in an articulate fashion toward the parents of this little girl. Particularly the "mother" who was supposed to be a protector and fighter of danger. As this story unravels, each new detail of deception leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.
That being said, and to assuage my own uneasy feeling I had to utilize my social media skills and see if I could find some answers to how a little girl (living in a shelter for 18 months with her family) could go missing for 3 weeks and no one in the family report her missing? I had to understand how a mother -- regardless of circumstances-- would give her little girl to a grown man, a virtual stranger. A man who would later be accused of murder and kidnapping!
Those questions led to to do an internet search which led me to the mother's Facebook page and what I saw HERE just left me feeling soo...disturbed and then angry, and then mad as hell.
How do we live in an environment where this type of "parenting" is okay? Are my tax payer dollars funding people "getting high" and flashing Jordan sneakers (which by the way even I can't afford)?
Again, I pray with every molecule in my body that this beautiful and charismatic little girl is found quickly and unharmed. I pray that she is then placed in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. I pray that someone, somewhere draws a bright and bold line in the sand to protect the Relisha Rudds of the world. I pray that we stop accepting excuses in trying to justify the lack of safety and protection of our most valuable resources -- our children. I want political correctness to stop getting in the way of holding people accountable. That goes for "mom and dad" and just not government employees.
This has to stop. The system is clearly NOT working and I not just talking about a shortage of beds. "Home" is more than a place to sleep -- it is where you are supposed to feel safe. Adults - regardless how limited - have more options than children. Adults can at least call for help. Children are literally at the mercy of their environments and situations. Not to say I don't have compassion for adult survivors but if I had to make a choice (and a stand) it would be for the little ones of the world. I think that is one of the reason why this case has struck a cord with so many people. It is a betrayal of the most basic law of life -- protecting our young.
Despite how this tragedy ends let it not be forgotten. Somewhere right now another little soul is out there, surviving on the whims of someone who really should know better.
Who is going to save them?
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