Waves of horror stories continue to taunt us as children's lives are shattered by adults in our city, state and our country. Charles Dickens' observation has significance to me: "I love these little people and it is no slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." Admittedly, I'm a man that finds grace in holding a baby, purpose tending a 5-year-old boy and his kite, and joy counting squirrels in Island Park with a precious girl of 2.
A joke that circulated for decades told by old timer/old fashioned stand-up comedians goes: "I wake up every morning to read the paper and the first thing I turn to is the obituary page. And if I don't read my own name — I get dressed."