Amen to that - my daughter's a senior in high school and I still like to know where she is (and believe it or not she seems to appreciate that concern).HankH
Hank, I'm sure indeed appreciates your concern and attentions...good for you. Thank you for the comment.
Just because it saddens me to no end that I can't allow my children the freedom of unsupervised outdoors(and worries me about what this does to their worldview), doesn't mean that I don't realize just how much the world seems to have changed.People debate about wither there are more of these crimes nowadays or just more attention/information flow. In the end the result seems the same.More to the point the Overton Window of cultural tolerance of these crimes has moved, if not all the way to allowing them, then in that direction.
Well said, my friend. Thank you...good book, btw.
as you well know, the bus picks up and drops off on the corner in front of our house...but yet I still insist on taking and picking up our children from school. And both those parents could drop a few pounds by getting off the couch and walking her to and from.
I know both you and Senior have been very protective of the boys...and we agree...he'd lose weight if he'd only take the time to walk his little girl to school. Thanks, Sweet Lady.
We actually chose a charter school for my son so we didn't have to worry about the warehousing that seems to happen with the regular schools. Also, I know that the school is good about addressing any problems that come up, because I've been in the principal's office doing some volunteer IT tech work while he was dealing with a discipline problem.
Good for you. I too have my Little Bit in a private school...I drive her each morning.
Don't get me started. . .agree with every word, Stephen! They both are sorry parents and very lucky that she is still here. I don't think she got her "fight" from her pos dad. I think she figured that all on her own. They are a lot smarter than we give them credit. I cannot imagine life without her, if she was mine. And I don't know if I would want her photographed on national tv. You can bet now the parents will get some funds off of it, and their house will be watched closer by others out there. . . The kidnapper___lets see what to do? Get a GutBuster (knife) make a small slit in his scrotum sack, till blood flows, stake him out on the biggest ant bed you can find, and walk away. . .If this was done to everyone of these, there would be no more. It makes me sick that these so-called parents place their children in such danger!!!! &%#@*
Well said, she seems like an intelligent little girl to me too. Sad, she has parents like those two. Thanks.
With all the violence and fights on school buses and such parents need to protect their kids from the dregs of society
The girl has spirit all her own. It makes me furious that kids can't walk down the street without fear of this kind of thing.
Isn't it a fact. This isn't the same country in which I was born...sad but true. Thanks, my friend.
My little girls have taken a school bus or walked to school exactly ZERO times. As I've told Wifey on occasion when she thinks I might be acting a little overbearing:"I'll prevent/control whatever I can - as long as I can...because I won't always be able to"Nice post. As always, we see eye to eye Stephen.
Thank you, my friend.
Hello, Stephen. I have been reading your blog for a nice long while now, and am sending best wishes for you quick recovery. However, I have just removed your blog from my reading list, because of this post. Not because you are not correct to remnd us all of the dangers in our world today, but because I have no respect for anyone who attacks another person based on their appearance. You have no information on this family's situation, yet you chose to assume that the father was a bad parent because he didn't take his child to school, and that said bad parenting was because of his weight. It was a bad decision on your part, and in the end I cannot remain in support of a blog which condones bigotry. You may not see it now, but any prejudgement based on appearance is bigotry, whether it be skin color, disability, or weight. I am very disappointed in you, and even though you are recovering from an illness right now, this time of reflection may be helpful.
I take exception to the use of the term "bigotry" here. Did Stephen use inflamatory prose in his description of an individual in this case? Yep. Does Stephen feel passionately about the safety of children? Absolutely. It colors his language (as it does mine from time to time). There is not a history of intolerance by any means here (per the definition of bigotry), nor does this place "condone" such things. Stephen made a comment about one person and their situation. Is it correct? Maybe. Maybe not. To infer from his singular statement about one person that he feels that all overweight people are bad parents in general is not just a bit of a stretch. It's pure fantasy. Maybe the author of the post has such strong feelings about the safety of a child that it makes him highly passionate. That is what I took away from my reading. Bigotry is a big word to throw out and I would use caution with that one.
Kris, what a surprise..I've never before in my life been labeled a bigot. You are the first...thanks for that. I could care less if the man is fat or skinny or purple or green. The fact he didn't get of his 'fat ass' and walk his child to school is what pissed me off. Sorry to lose you, it saddens, but so be it.
"she is safe"The hell she is. She is no more safe now than she was before.
Amen. She's still in danger. Thanks, North.
My oldest is 6, and we live right across the street from the school. Right. Across. As in, I look out my office window at the front of the house, and there's the school. I can hear the PA announcements at the end of the day, calling the buses, from inside my home.She does NOT walk to school alone.Ever.Golly.
Ran amok of the PC police I see. Fear not, no expression is safe any longer.
And that's a fact. Thanks, Groundhog.