From the Kitty file: Kitty is still died, as you might have guessed. The kids, being resilient and blissfully ignorant on the subject of death in general, are over it. I'm doing fine, too. Thanks for all your kind concern and suggestions.
From the Where Have You Been file: The Mommy's Time Out program **finally** started again, so the kids got to go to "school" yesterday and I got to go to work. Yay!
From the Things That Make Me Shake My Head And Say "The World Is Going To Hell In A Handbasket" Like An Old Person file: I read a story at Free Range Kids and again on Facebook about a boy who helped a 3 year old girl who was lost in a store, and got arrested for kidnapping her instead of the medal he deserved for his trouble! Worse still, the media (in Orange County, Florida) released the 14 year old MINOR CHILD'S name!
This is a horrifying example of shortsightedness and power abuse.
Here is an article from a local newspaper.
Folks, I really think it's important for sane, rational people like us to write to the Orange County Sheriff's Department and express our outrage at the way this kid has been treated. Is he ever going to trust the police after this? Is he ever going to try to help another child in need? No.
I don't want to live in a world where people are afraid to help someone in trouble because they're covering their own asses, but it seems like that's the path we're headed down. And here's what happens when you go down that path - a kid in England went missing, and a man saw her beside the road but he failed to act because he feared that he would be suspected of kidnapping. An hour after she disappeared from her day care center, her mother pulled her lifeless body from a nearby pond. She was two. You can read the whole story here.
So, folks, those are your choices - make it a criminal act for people to talk to children (because all strangers are suspected child molesters!) and end up with dead kids who could have been helped, but weren't, or we can grow some frigging common sense in this country and stop treating all men (even 14 year old young men) as potential abusers.
Oh yes, I went there, and here's my previous rant on the subject.
I have to go take a Tylenol. Between this and the oil spill... but that's a whole 'nother rant.