Our world is often a strange and sick place. Things happen that should never be allowed to happen. Intelligent, grown people fail to act when they know that taking action could prevent further harm from happening. We, as humans, often fail to remember that we are charged to take care of one another and not just ourselves (Note: for those who follow real life news...yes, the Penn State debacle spurred this post). And, we as adult human beings are charged with protecting the innocent among us...children. For a father who still often feels that he failed to protect his own son, the perverse and sickening allegations of an alleged pedophile are enough to make me vomit, but the fact that so many grown men did nothing beyond the bare minimum...at best...to stop such heinous acts is beyond reproach. To put so little value in the children's well-being, their safety, and their hopes of a promising future is inexcusable.
How does this all relate to you? Well, I think all parents who have had a child die feel far more protective and have more intense reactions to people who purposefully harm any child, and your Daddy is no different. Having you die has made me very protective of Ava and your Mommy. Knowing how precious and fleeting life is has made me sensitive to things mass media and 24 hour news networks had rendered desensitized. Seeing people celebrate someone's death or demise, child abuse stories, murder, rape, and every other "if it bleeds it leads" type of story actually hurts to some degree or another now...and it should.
Hopefully the unfolding of the story at Penn State proves to not be as insidious as it appears, and hopefully someone, anyone, will stand up and do the right thing. Because, as Edmund Burke puts it "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
I love you!