After the events in Boston, Josh Magill reflects on how it affected him as a parent and how he almost lost one of his own at birth. How did seeing the events in Boston take place affect you as a parent, child, sibling, etc.?
This is a comment by Josh Magill on the post “Parents, This is Our Edict“.
Josh Magill said:
The chances are slim for this type of event, but becoming more frequent and that is the scary part about the world we are now living in. I flinch and quickly spin around if I lose sight of one of my three children in public, my heart sinks, because I know it only takes a second for them to vanish. My oldest almost never made it into this life with problems at birth.
The doctor told me I was lucky to have gotten them (my wife and son) to the hospital so quickly or they both would have died. I cried “like a baby” for three months as my son fought for his life in a St. Louis children’s hospital. I couldn’t stop, feeling a loss that had not even happened yet. Some days I allowed myself to believe he died so it would be easier if he actually did. Horrible, I know, but I was in a semi-state of mourning.
Now, ten years later, I have a small, small glimpse into what it might be like to lose a child, but I cannot imagine a scene like this where you see your child senselessly and catastrophically taken from you, from this world. With so many children being taken, I can’t help thinking of those painful and lonely days sitting next to my wife. I feel the anger you speak of in your article and want to fight back, but at what? We can’t see or find this enemy that has stricken us with so much fear. So you are right, we cling closer to our children and pray, hoping there is a God that will protect us or at least be there to greet us.
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