Saturday, September 8, 2007

Saturday Morning Musing

Ok.. I just finished my "Google News" reading for the day...

And apparently that British couple are now suspects in their daughter's death. Portuguese police are saying that they accidentally killed their four year old and then disposed of the body.

Here's my question. How could anyone accidentally kill a FOUR-YEAR-OLD?????

My daughters almost 4. She has a habit of trying to do "tricks". (Handstands on wagons, flipping off chairs, jumping from places that I don't consider safe, etc...) Thankfully, all of these attempts at acrobatics usually end with very little harm except to my heart and blood pressure.

Four-year-olds are INCREDIBLY sturdy. I think God made them that way on purpose, so that all their "tricks" and "experiments" can't keep them from making it to five......

So are the Portuguese police just crazy, or are they trying to be polite?

I admit, I've never understood a lot about this case from the beginning. For instance, the British thing about leaving three young kids alone in a hotel room. I can't even IMAGINE leaving my kids alone in a hotel room while I ran to the ice machine two doors down, much less for a leisurely poolside dinner....

And the fact that the couple are reportedly "very devout Catholics" yet all 3 of their kids were conceived by IVF (not allowed by the Church.) I assumed that was just another case of the media reporting EVERY Catholic as "very devout." After all, they're probably at least as devout as Guliani... (In my world, very devout means daily Mass, weekly confession and Eucharistic Adoration, among other things.... I would not call myself "devout" -- I'd like to be some day, but I'm so not there yet....)

Anyway, I'm not sure you can accidentally kill a four-year-old... But maybe the kids I know (all of whom seem to think "Death-defying feat" means "That's worth trying!" are unusual..... somehow, though, I doubt it.....

1 comment:

matthew archbold said...

this whole story confuses me. I don't want to think the parents had anything to do with this. it could be a police dept. trying to shift blame. but as to the devout thing i once read that christina aguilera is a "devout" catholic. I had to laugh. now i don't know the pop singer but i'm pretty sure she doesn't leave mtv's studio and go to daily mass. I'm not sure she'd ever get out of confession is she went anyway. BUt you're right if someone says they're a catholic the word "devout" sometimes meaninglessly follows.