I saw a headline yesterday that basically said that people were picking on Chase Martens’ parents online. This is the two year old boy who went missing last week and was found, dead due to drowning. People were quick to point their fingers at the parents…”why weren’t they watching him?” “This could have been avoided”, and on and on.
The thing is YES…if they kept a constant eye on their son maybe it could have been avoided. But who can honestly say they do that? Every second of every day you know what your child is doing? You never have to leave the room, or run inside for something? The truth is, this could have been any of us. It’s a terrible tragedy and this family lost their little boy. They are feeling terrible enough. And you can bet that that poor mother is replaying the moments leading up to his disappearance over, and over and over again in her head.
My children have had some accidents (none serious thank goodness) but even with those I beat myself up. “I should have done this. I should have watched more closely.” I can not imagine how she is torturing herself already, she does not need strangers online torturing herself as well.
Just my thoughts. What do you think?
I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip.