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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-08-19 17:48
Subject: [personal] Sights that chill a parent's heart
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Tags:child, movies, personal, videos
the_child is home from the Shakespeare festival. (More about that anon.) We went out to rent a video, the long promised first Harry Potter movie. On the way back, as she was delivering a critique of the production of Romeo and Juliet, we were passed by a police cruiser running full tilt boogie. A couple of blocks later there was a car in the ditch by the side of the road, where the cruiser had stopped. Then I saw a child's bicycle smashed against the curb.

the_child wasn't looking in the right direction, so she missed that last detail, but the whole business made me feel very ill. I can only hope and pray things are ok there. I will check the news cycle tomorrow and see.
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2007-08-20 01:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Shit, that's disturbing :( Glad the_child didn't see it, but all-in-all the implications are probably more unpleasant for you right now...
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User: bdkellmer
Date: 2007-08-20 01:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:me
God, yes -- I understand exactly what you mean. I can't read much Stephen King anymore because he so often has bad things happen to children (there's a reason why they call it horror), and I stopped watching ER a number of years ago because of the same thing. And that was fiction -- real life is obviously several orders of magnitude worse than that.
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J Erwine - writer/editor
User: jerwine
Date: 2007-08-20 02:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A couple of weeks ago, there was a bad accident just up the street from where I live. A drunk driver hit an SUV and rolled it. A ten year old was thrown and killed. If I hadn't been dragging tail at Barnes & Noble, we probably would have been there to see the whole thing happen. As it was, we only saw the aftermath...so I certainly know how you feel...

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2007-08-20 03:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One Memorial Day weekend, we were out driving near Fossil and came around a corner to find a Bronco flipped over, front and windshield smashed, fluids draining out of it, and a sick-looking state trooper directing traffic. We stopped and asked if he needed any help and he shook his head.

Never saw what that was about. No sign of brakes being laid down, it was on a straightaway, no reportage. Fortunately, the son was too young to notice much about it.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2007-08-20 04:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Having reality up and say, "looky here, you could have *this*" is always disturbing.

May those families be free from pain.


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kmckiernan
User: kmckiernan
Date: 2007-08-20 06:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, Jay. This makes my insides hurt. I'm sorry you saw that. I, too, hope things are okay for everyone involved. And, I hope you are okay, too.
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lt260: b&w FF
User: lt260
Date: 2007-08-20 07:00 (UTC)
Subject: Bike Safety
Keyword:b&w FF
This sounds like a good time to remind everyone that if you are moving faster than you can run, you need an appropriate style helmet on. There are plenty of fire departments that run helmet programs, so check in with the one nearest you. While we care about you, this is for us as well. It is disturbing (to say the least) to come back from a bike accident scene knowing that the kid you just sent off with the paramedics (ALS) could have walked away if only they had been wearing a helmet.

While it would be a great thing if all children wore helmets, it would be an even better thing if we could get adults to set the example. Just remember: every time for every ride!
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