This little boy is 3 year old, Elijah Marsh
Here is a security camera picture of Elijah leaving his apartment in the early hours, clad only in a diaper, a t-shirt and boots…
This little boy, his parents, his extended family, and my own family have been in my thoughts and prayers since the tragic story came out last week in Toronto, Canada. I knew that I wanted to write about him…but I couldn’t decide what to write. Little Elijah was a typical little boy, described as somewhat shy – his story ended in tragedy, he was found hours after this picture was captured, curled up in a back yard some 300 metres from his home.
As a mother, my heart hurts for Elijah’s mother, Georgette…I am angered at people who have posted hurtful suggestions that bad parenting is the reason for this tragedy. I want to write to those insensitive people, I want to write about my own experiences as a mother who has had both of my sons “go missing” for that split second, I want to write about how grateful I am that my own story did not end in tragedy, I want to write about grief, I want to write about gratitude, I want to write about the compassion that steered another father to set up a fund for Elijah’s family that has now raised over $150,000, I want to write about WHY WHY…why does this have to happen…In the end, I think that the answer to what I want to write about is that I really just want to share this story and hopefully everyone who reads it, will have their own personal reaction.
Please read about a little 3 year old boy, who really could be any one of our own children – Elijah
I thought that with school back in, I would repost this one…The thing is we should teach out children, but more and more I see parents being stupid..yes I say stupid…really stupid….just watching for the “GO” signal and then whoosh…right off the sidewalk we go!!! Not even a glance to see if that car – you know the one that can kill you if it hits you – has stopped or even if the driver has seen you while he is texting, eating or even making a sandwich!!! I just don’t get it people – stop texting while you are walking, take the damn music out of your ears and be alert as you walk around!!! It is BOTH drivers and pedestrians that can stop the tragedy that can happen when we just step off the curb without looking….
Cars are still bigger than us!!
LOOK BOTH WAYS – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
I was stopped behind a school bus yesterday that had the arm out. I watched as the wee ones and older ones filed out of the bus and walked right in front of me without even so much as a glance right and left. Some of the parents of the younger ones were actually encouraging their children to run to them for the “after school hug”. I said to myself – “so this is when it starts“.
It has always been a beef of mine when I see young children, teenagers and adults just stepping off of the sidewalk without a care in the world. My parents drilled it into my head that “I don’t care if you have the right away – that car is still bigger than you”. When did we stop teaching our children to look both ways before crossing the street?
PROTECTION FOR CANADIANS
I am a “blogging” virgin – closer to the truth would be that I turn a computer on but not much else. So needless to say my first adventure into the blogging world will be a learning experince. My youngest son told me that it will be easy cuz “you always have lots to say Mum and you love to analyze”. Those are both true!!
With all the violence on our blue planet, it gets me thinking about all those who have gone before us and fought for our freedoms that we enjoy and seem to be taking for granted.