...cause it's the right thing to do.

Things aren’t so happy here in the happiest of valleys.

I am finding it so difficult to wrap my heart around what is happening here.  Sometimes, just sometimes, the depth of horror , shock and sadness is so painful that there are just no words.

I am finding it so very troubling, however, that there are so many folks here - and across the land - that are finding it so easy to shout across the heavens their opinions- one way or another.

There are many, many, many people whose lives and hearts have been broken as a result of many acts too horrific to even put into words.

And so I watch, I listen and I read

And all the while I remember that innocent child who stood in a shower and wondered if there was anyone in the world who was going to save him.

And I think that if only ONE PERSON had shouted something THEN, this tsunami of pain and grief would never, ever have been sweeping through this valley; and the lives of so many innocents would have been entirely, entirely different.

If only.


Anonymous said...

You nailed it. Nuff said.

Sheila said...

Amen, my friend, amen.

The Girl Next Door said...

Wow. As always you are dead on in the most direct and poignant manner.

I can only pray that the outcry, the penalties and the pain will keep this from ever happening anywhere again.

I can dream can't I?

Sue said...

Perfectly written, perfectly said! All of that bothers me so much and makes my heart ache. Adults are "supposed" to watch out for kids. What the hell happened. I still love that old lame song from the Billy Jack movie, "Bless the beasts and the children, they have no voice, they have no choice"!

Take care,

Brian Miller said...

its the kids i can not get out of my head...so i have little sympathy for the sanctions...

Unknown said...

this was so disgusting....anyway, words can never express exactly what I feel. Then I think of the molestations perpetrated by the Catholic priests, and feel more disgust and frustration. So much betrayal by so many 'adults'.

Lyn Goff said...

Very well said.

Anonymous said...

Being a child molested by my half brother I listened to a lot of the crap they said about all those who had a deaf ear to the children being molested. My comment is Karma those people Sandusky will stay in prison for the rest of his life and not live probably too long, 99 percent of prisoners have been molested by adults or others and no one cared..I think people who molest young kids should live in the 7th level of hell right aftert Bernie Madoff, Hitler, and all those who turn a deaf ear to decency and kindness..The kids will never be the same, it took me being married to the gentlest of men to finally get some help, but I hovered and still do over my only child it marked my world, my only solace is before she passed from this earth my grandmother who was a tiny person only 4'10 inches took her cane to my family member and called the cops and had him arrested..finally some justice, she banned him from all family gatherings and put a hex on him for life, he did not have a good life, that is what happens to people who molest children Karma!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sports are so reverred in most university schools that anything could have happened at Penn State & it would never have been brought to light at all..Shame on those who turned their ears from the cries of the victims, they will get their Karma, Joe Paterno did not live long after all the brouhaha what does that tell you..shame on them, child molestation of any human being is a big crime and those that did nothing to stop it will get their Karma one way or another, one never has to wish for it, it just happens and people have the bible quote all mixed up, it does not say Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord, it says Vengence is mine, I will repay sayeth the Lord..Man cannot wield vengence no matter how much they want to, but God takes care of molesters, etc. he does...shame on those who stood by and let Sandusky do the dastardly deeds he did, his wife must have been living in the river of denial, how could she not know and adopted children to boot, shame on her...

Anonymous said...

I share your sadness -
faithful follower

Joanna Jenkins said...

Sickening, sad and shameful. My heart breaks for those kids.

Well said, VM.
xo jj

Kate Coveny Hood said...

So wish I could have met you out... But I look forward to seeing you next week!!

Judi said...

I haven't commented in awhile but I do check in on you.....8-)
Thanks for posting this. I find it so ironic that my son arrived in that Happy Valley when the sky was blue and the valley sung beautiful songs. And, now that his PhD journey is over and he leaves (in the next few weeks), he leaves a not-so-happy valley. I feel sad for the journey that all of you have had to endure and what you will most likely continue to endure. Deep inside me, I am comforted by the fact that my son will not have to continue to "live it" everyday....it was so hard. But, my hearts hurts for all of you. I just wish his last days there were filled with the joy and exhuberance he came to know these past few years.
Stay well!

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