Did anyone read this news article? It is a story about Carlina White, who was kidnapped when she was just nine days old and has been re-united with her mother after twenty-three years. It made a brief appearance on BBC breakfast news the other morning and then got swallowed up with all the sad, violent and depressing stories that happen each and every day. I can’t find a BBC news article online about this story and that makes me sad. Maybe people don’t want to read amazing stories about people being re-united with their natural parents after such a long time, but this story has haunted me this week.
This story makes me think about all the other missing children and makes me want to hold my own that little bit tighter.
When Madeleine McCann went missing the big one was only a year or so younger than she was and I spent weeks dreaming about her and torturing myself with thoughts of my own child being missing and how my world would just crumble. How will they know that my daughter hates bubbles and loves olives in her packed lunch? How will they know that she likes her arms stroked and that she has to have a hole cut out of her mittens so that she can still suck her thumb? Will they even let her wear mittens when its cold?
I listened to all the criticisms of the parents and I kept coming back to the same theory- no-body could ever blame Kate and Gerry more than they would blame themselves for the rest of their lives; no punishment could EVER be worse than the hell they were now living in.
Having your child taken from you has to be one of the most awful nightmares for a parent to experience and I simply cannot imagine the pain these parents must face each and every day that they are not with their loved ones.
So Carlina White, who was re-united with her natural mother after twenty-three years- that’s an amazing story. That’s a story we should be celebrating, gaining hope from and reporting widely. It’s a story so many parents, sadly, need to hear about. It’s a story we should be sharing. It has a happy ending.
Today, so many children throughout the world are missing from home. Tonight, as I tuck mine in their beds I will thank my lucky stars once more that they are here and they are safe. But I will also spend a moment to think of those children who aren’t at home where they belong. And like every other parent, I will thank my lucky stars it happened to someone else, not me.
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Report on the opinion that there are many more Carlina Whites waiting to be found