I don’t have much time to really sit down and blog this week, but what I’m going to do is cheat a little right now.
****WARNING: You probably don’t want to read this at work or anywhere you don’t feel comfortable crying or have access to tissues.****
THIS article, this heartbreakingdestroying story of so many parent’s grief and guilt, this tragic tale of loss and forgetfulness, is worth every single minute it will take you to read it from beginning to end. And do not skip from one point to the next. No, all these stories deserve to be heard and all these cautionary tales need to be told.
It is graphic, and it is so sad you will want to close your browser and be done with it all, to stick your fingers in your ears (or cover your eyes) and say “La, la, la…. not to me… never happen to me… puppies and rainbows and kittens!” But DON’T.
It’s coming up on that time of year again. It was in the 80’s here today. It’s so easy to sit here and say, “I would NEVER forget my baby in the car,” but judgement doesn’t make you immune to accidents and temporary lapses in memory.
This piece, “Fatal Distraction,” by Gene Weingarten ran in the Washington Post last March (2009) and was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize. I tell you, it is worth every minute, every word, every gut wrenching scroll down of the mouse.
Kiss your babies extra tonight. That’s where I’m headed.