It’s off-topic. Of this, I am well aware. But it has been haunting me. And my significant other said that blogging should be from the heart, as much as anything.
I’ll start with the Blind Side. If you’ve seen the movie, then you’ll understand what I mean when I say that we would all like to be able to step-up and do what Sandra Bullock’s character, Leigh Anne Tuohy did: take in a child that needs a home, stability, a place to lay their head. But although most of us could spare a sofa for a few nights, few of us are able to provide a full-time tutor or a car at sixteen, much less a college education for a child we barely know. It’s the stuff that movies are made of. That being said, how far should we go when we know there is a child, living within our community that is stealing school uniforms to have something to wear each day? A child that bounces from house-to-house until the welcome is worn out at each location and he’s running short of options. What price could a community ultimately pay, ignoring their own blind side?
Last Thursday, an email popped up in my news feed indicating that three local teens had been arrested for the robbery and murder of a man that lived less than three miles from our home. The murder had taken place three weeks earlier and, to my knowledge, there had been no leads. I was shocked and horrified to see the names and mug shots of three children ages 16 – 18 that I not only knew, but in one case, I knew pretty well.
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