“Well said, as always, Jon. I just fear that we are preaching to the choir.
To me, "heroism" is marching on, even though the odds are against you, and doing what needs to be done. I have lost former students in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I also have been with my godson for the past six years every step of the way through high-risk, negative Shimada histology, stage four Neuroblastoma -- and then treatment-induced basal cell carcinoma, growth deficiency, hearing loss, and learning diabilities. HE is my hero. "How long do I have to keep having these treatments and scans?" Just for about 80 years, buddy. "Fine. OK. Whatever."
If it were up to me, everyone would spend some time on the pediatirc cancer ward. Maybe THAT would change their minds and make them understand that what happens to our kids happens to us.”
hp blogger Jonathan Agin on Jun 2, 2013 at 21:26:54
“Thanks for the kind words. Your grandson is a hero. There is no debate on that. And the families who march with them, they are heroes as well.”
“Very well said, Rev. Heath. Mr. Driscoll seems to be suffering from a bit of hubris, if he thinks he can read what is in another man's heart.”
NOTW John151821 on Jan 23, 2013 at 12:45:28
“You are spot about that scripture states that only God knows what is in a man's heart and what his motivations are (i.e., only God can "judge" or "condemn" in that regard)....but scripture also clearly states we should measure all things against God's word. It also teaches repeatedly and via many examples that we can know a tree by its fruit and can discern "right" from "wrong" - again - based on God's word.
Both Jesus and Paul warned of false teachings and false teachers. Both rebuked the Church too.”
chi-rho on Jan 23, 2013 at 10:04:31
“...says the person who is trying to read what is in another man's heart.”
“There's nothing "comforting" to be had in this situation, bwilderik. I was simply suggesting that perhaps one girl tried to help the other and then both were caught in the trap. It happened here, and it was horrific and very, very sad.”
bwilderlk on Jul 18, 2012 at 00:51:38
“Sorry......it is that you just said that people should not jump to conclusions, then tell the story of these two other children, similar situations, found dead. NOT comforting to this family to know that info, I'm sure. No offense meant. Maybe the wording seemed harsh to me.”
“Plese don't jump to conclusions. We had a horrible situation here in VA a number of years ago -- Two sisters disappeared and were later found dead. A predator apparently grabbed the younger one, and the older one went to her rescue.”
BrownSugarC on Jul 17, 2012 at 22:01:50
“My brother and I were born just 14 months apart. If one of us was in trouble, the other one would have tried to rescue them. We have had reportings of suspecious people around 30 mile of where I live trying to talk to children or being caught watching them . Different vehicles, different people but always more than one. I suspect that rebwt is correct that one tried to help the other cousin..”
“Maybe we were lucky that national media did NOT pick up the story. Local media and law enforcement were GREAT. They are all absolutely GIDDY today, as we all are. And Robbie's autistic FOCUS may have been the thing that saved him.”
“And I hope this is your pathetic attempt at humor. Because you apparently don't understand that even a "normal" child can scoot out of your sight in a nanosecond, no matter how vigilant you are. If you don't have children, don't.”
anniewheelr on Oct 29, 2011 at 00:03:28
“That's why there are harnesses and leashes for children that bolt or wander off. It's not cruel, you wouldn't think it cruel to strap a child into a wheelchair if they couldn't sit up so why is it wrong to give the child as much freedom as possible but protect them from wandering off?”
“Many of us in the area have wondered why this story didn't make the national news until little Robbie was found alive. Perhaps because there was never any suspicion placed on his parents? Which means it just wasn't sordid enough. No matter, because the little boy was FOUND!!!! It's a GOOD day in Virginia.”
origamib on Oct 28, 2011 at 23:52:22
“Makes you wonder if he would have been found had everyone jumped to the conclusions that they usually do and intstead of intensive searching, had spent wasted hours upon hours grilling his parents and subjecting them to less than useless lie detector tests.
There needs to be some clear protection for parents of missing children. Between inept, statistics driven investigators, and the media, it's a wonder that any of these children are found alive.”
“Putting Mr. Lucky down was about the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I owed him that. He felt terrible and looked awful -- and he was quite the beautiful and persnickety cat, so I knew he wouldn't like that. On the way to the vet, I said, "Buddy, I think this might be it, but you know I won't let you down." And he just looked at me as if to say, "All good. I trust you."
He died in the lap of someone who loved and appreciated him. And I need to stop talking about this, because my mascara has run down to my knees. . .”
“Actually, I've not yet had the opportunity to adopt from a shelter. Our two cats were from a litter that was dropped on our babysitter's back porch. Sorta feral. One ran off, but Mr. Lucky was the best and coolest cat EVER for 18 years. I still miss him. :(
And our sweetest dog in the world was dumped on a neighbor who didn't want him and didn't take care of him. So, yeah, I'm a sap. He quickly learned how to jump an eight-foot pen fence to sit on our back porch and say, "Please love me!" Well, duh! We lost a few shoes to his puppy stage, but whatever. I now have a 70-pound lap dog who has no idea that he is a dog.
And my son brought a lab-pit mix rescue home from college in NC. Maebelle now lives the life of Riley with my daughter. She loves EVERYBODY and is wearing our tartan to the Celtic festival this weekend.
“I realize that injection is probably (?) more expensive, but seriously? It's quick and painless, if that's the only option.
I had to put down my 18-year-old cat last year because of kidney failure. Further treatment would have been for me, not for him. I held him and told him what a great cat he had been, and it was over in a matter of seconds. For him -- We all cried for three days. I'm crying now. The vet was amazing.
How we treat animals says a lot about what kind of people we are.
I can't imagine that anyone "enjoys" doing this.
We now have a "rescued" dog. Sweetest guy in the world. His owner didn't want another dog, so he was going to take this sweet puppy to the country and "cut him loose." Umm, not unless you plan on running over me with your pick-up, idiot.”
mikesebbtide on Oct 28, 2011 at 21:01:37
“Your a great example of a wonderful pet owner. I read a book about having a pet..The last chapter really touched me. It was "Love me enough to let me go" I found peace and comfort from that chapter when I had to put our C.J down. To think that someone puts a exhaust hose from the tailpipe to the holding chamber makes me sick. I cant imagine doing that. Please people be a responsible pet owner and dont add to the millions that are destroyed each year.”
Nomi Noname on Oct 28, 2011 at 20:59:33
“Thank you for adopting a shelter animal. I have always adopted my cats from shelters and they've always been the greatest choices. There are beautiful, affectionate companions waiting for everyone at shelters everywhere.
And they'll never forget that you rescued them--mine repay me with loads of affection every day. Visitors joke that my cats are actually more like dogs as they love people so much!”
“What a ridiculous comment. Much to my mother's dismay ("OMG, everyone will think your children are illegitimate!!!"), I did not change my name when I married. OUR children have their father's name, as do my step-children.
Neither his previous wife (who has re-married) nor I nor my husband have any problem with this. If anything, I think it's cute that my kids' friends refer to us as "Kate's/Stephen's Mom/Dad." The last name is irrelevant, I don't think anyone has ever asked them to explain why my last name is different from theirs.
I didn't give up my identity when I married, nor did I become "one person" with my husband. I just added some really nice people to the mix.”
“Exactly. I taught school for 37 years, and we were REQUIRED to report suspicions of child abuse. My students were seniors, and there were several who spent the night at our house until we could get them some help. We took my son's best friend home in elementary school when we saw signs of abuse. Called the police and informed his mother that he would be staying with us for the time being. There is no way in HELL that I would have allowed that baby to go home alone. Period. Even at the risk of my job.
This kind of horror happens because people do not want to get involved.”
“This precious child was not "disabled." She was dealing with the side-effects of cancer treatment, something our family knows about because of my grandson's battle. I would have taken custody of her, and I do not say that idly or unknowingly. This little girl deserved so much more than she received.
Because I try to be a positive person, I will refrain from expressing what I would like to have happen to this monster who killed her AND to the father that allowed this. It's taking everything I have in me to refrain.”
“Education, huh? Have you tried PAYING for an education lately? My 24-year-old daughter is a full-time grad student, and my 20-year-old son is a college sophomore. They BOTH work minimum wage jobs to help pay for their EDUCATION!”