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She didn't say "please."

Posted 11-30-2007 at 12:52 AM by NorthofAda
There's a lot of "bad" stuff that goes on. It happens everywhere, around the world and around the corner. I read a lot of news, and a lot of it is pretty bad, but once in a while I'll come across a story that is just worse than some of the others.

She was only 2 years old and the authorities found her tiny body in Galveston Bay. They named her Baby Grace, but she was recently identified as Riley Sawyers. Her mom and her stepfather have been identified as the killers. "Why?", you ask. "Why kill a 2-year-old?" Well, it's because she wouldn't say, "please." Her stepfather thought she wasn't learning to respect him, to say "yes, sir," "no, sir," and "please." He thought her mom wasn't being tough enough on her, so one day he stayed home to see if she was following through with his directives of discipline, and when the little one wouldn't say please she was tortured and beaten to death.

I have 4 little girls, and the youngest one is 20 months. She is the light of our household, and she jabbers a lot and is saying quite a few words. But who in their right mind would expect a child of that age to express themselves that way on demand? Or to think that a 2-year-old is old enough to show any form of wilful disrespect?

I think if little Riley could have said "please" she would have said, "Please don't hurt me! Please Mommy make him stop!" She would have done or said anything to make the pain go away, but she couldn't. She was too little...and now she is just a memory, a picture on the front page of the paper or a sound bite on CNN.

It's Christmas time. Some of us think about a baby whose birth is celebrated by this holiday, although it has become many things to many people today. I am reminded of a story in the Gospels where countless little ones were ripped from their homes and murdered because they might have been the Christ child, might have been a threat to a pretender king who sat on the throne of Judea that day. In all these years that have passed it's amazing how some things haven't changed. So little value is placed on human life, especially the lives of the littlest ones. Toddlers murdered by angry parents, or more often angry "live-in" nonparents. Pregnant women murdered by angry spouses or lovers. Teens and pre-teens snatched off the street, molested and murdered and discarded like trash. What does it take to regain that belief that life is sacred and worth protecting?

Even though this story involved a little white girl it was heartbreaking to read. It made me just want to grab my own little ones and hold them tight, to let them know how much they're loved. I'd die for my kids if it came to that, and I'd kill to protect them - bottom line. How anyone COULDN'T feel that way is beyond me.

I'm thankful that I had a family who loved me and taught me the importance of family and the sanctity of life, but I grieve for the ones whose unconditional love for their parents was so brutally betrayed as this little girl's was. Instead of a pile of presents under the tree, she gets bouquets of flowers placed on a grave.

So, at this time of year, when our kids are making their lists and we're checking them twice, let's remember the greatest gifts we give them: love and security.

P.S. I apologize for making my blog debut on such a sad note!
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soopashinaab's Avatar
As a father of four I am in total agreement. I have three boys and one girl. My children are my world and don't what I would do had I lost one. I am protective of all my children, but when it comes to my baby girl that's a whole other story. Raven has two older and one younger brother to help Daddy keep her safe. Let's keep our kids safe!!
Posted 01-08-2008 at 04:21 PM by soopashinaab soopashinaab is offline
Lakota_winyan's Avatar
sooo sad one of the reasons I don't watch the news too much if not at all..too much violence and death..preventable deaths..yes I agree when would the world make life precious and sacred again. hmm, dont know the answer to that???
Posted 01-10-2008 at 01:58 PM by Lakota_winyan Lakota_winyan is offline
timmy tiger's Avatar
I didn't post when you first put this out 'cause it really hit too close to home. I love all my kids, not just the one that I gave birth to, but my nieces and nephews and am very protective of all of them. I can't imagine a parent allowing something like this to have happened. Although I do know many parents who should not have kids at all. But we all need to keep the children safe at all times. Even if we think that there's nothing we can do--there is something--we just have to find it.
Posted 05-29-2008 at 02:15 AM by timmy tiger timmy tiger is offline
docat's Avatar
Those are great and security.
Posted 04-14-2013 at 12:28 AM by docat docat is offline
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