I don't know what could posess someone to kill their children, but in the last month there have been two cases very close to home that have made news headlines. Last night a man killed his two children and then himself at a farm near my home. My sister in law knows the family and is devastated. If you want to kill yourself, I don't say "oh go ahead..." but I would say that before you harm your innocent 1 & 3 year old. The news story is here.
Then last month, again, near my home, a couple's 4 children were found murdered in their beds and their father was hanged in the home. The mother is missing, so police don't know if she is the murderer or if the father did something to her then his children. The story is found here.
I don't know what type of mind set you have to be in to commit such an awful and unforgiving act. It blows my mind when people hurt children, especially the parents. We are their protectors, the children look to us to take care of them.
I really can't find the words to express how I feel.
Before I knew about the first story, I took my son to the park last night. I watched him play and run around so carefree and unknowing of the dangers in this world. Then I noticed a man sitting by himself, no children. I wondered what he was doing there. I then got this horrible fear that someone could try to snatch my child up from me. I watched him play and noticed how unbelievably beautiful he was. My fears grew. There is so much in the world we as parents have to be leary and aware of. It shouldn't be like that. But it is... and it brings saddness to my heart.