February Sixth; Thoughts on the Amber Alert

The sounds blaring in the dark ripped me from a moment of my intermittent sleep. Realizing what the sound was I reached for the phone resting on the bedside table. Through sleepy, no contacts eyes, I made out the fuzzy words of Amber Alert. Returning the phone to its resting place I drifted back off to sleep. Thoughts for the missing child playing on my mind.

When Molly barked to wake me and let me know she needed outside, my second thoughts, was about that child. Once both dogs went outside I checked the phone for information. A one year old little girl from a city not all that far from here.  From the way it reads, it was her dad or in the very least a relative, that took her.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, I did what my son specifically instructs me to avoid. I read the comments. Most were fine and then..there they were. The judgemental, doesn’t have all the facts person who has to spout venom and ugliness. Even when calm voices attempted to explain that it wasn’t some random, freaky person like in the movies, it was by all appearances the dad. That didn’t help, she typed demands of, so where was the mom.  No matter what anyone tried to tell this individual, nothing helped. Because according to them, they had a right to their opinion. Which is true. However, use of something called common sense and compassion should be put in place. Because we do NOT know all the details. We do not know, what lead up to the moment of abduction. Our opinions at this point, are unimportant and in this case, can be very hurtful. The mother has enough to deal with, hateful, hate filled, ignorant, judgemental comments are something that should not be on that thread of comments. You know that, if you can’t say anything nice thing? Follow it.

A description of the male and the vehicle were given, but the direction they left was unknown.  The condition of the mother, at this writing, is unknown. Was she assaulted? Was she incapacitated? Was she chasing the car in the dark, screaming for her child? We do not know. What we do know, is a child, another child, is missing. That we should be on the look out for the vehicle and child, that is what is important.

Again, I have no idea what lead up to this child’s abduction. I have no idea what the intent is of the one who took this little girl. My hope and prayer is that this person does not have an unspeakable evil in mind and the child will be found and returned safely.

Sadly I fear so many have lost respect for life. We are fast becoming a throw away society where life means nothing. There are too many so called, legal, options to end life. Whether it is before birth, or when life has reached an advanced age. When the body or mind has begun to suffer and fail, the options are there. Life has little to no meaning, disposal is acceptable. A child is unwanted, unplanned, unable to be cared for properly for what ever reason. A child or children are pawns in the hand of one individual to be used against another.

But I wander, my intent here was to ask for those who are commenting, to take a deep breath and think, before speaking. Seek all the information available before stating your thoughts and opinions. Think, will what I say, be hurtful? Does it add anything to the conversation that may be of help? Should I just keep the opinions that I have a right to, to myself at this time?  Because right now, this is not about you or your opinions. It is about a child who is missing and may or may not be in danger.

What else should we do? Make sure we keep the information handy. Make sure that we are watching, looking for this missing child. Have that photo where you can see it, just in case. Do something positive, do something that will help. Do something kind.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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4 Responses to February Sixth; Thoughts on the Amber Alert

  1. John says:

    Society almost always automatically places the blame on the man, never the woman. I’m not defending his actions at all, what bothers me are memories of years ago when I paid child support for 14 years. The courts in this country almost always award custody to the female which is so dead wrong. It’s very offensive. I hope the child will be OK, using kids as a tool or weapon against the other parent will harm the child.

  2. I understand exactly what you are saying. My late husband paid child support for years but thankfully he was blessed with an ex who readily shared custody. I know that there are instances where the woman is very much to blame and should not be allowed custody, that in itself was why I kept saying I have no idea what caused this. My hope is that they find the child safe and well.

  3. Terrific piece, Rebecca. Wise words. If only the fools would listen…

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