My heart has been so heavy the past couple of days. I have had a hard time sleeping…thinking about that poor family in Toronto that lost their little boy Elijah to such a tragedy. (You can get the story here) I think about him walking outside all by himself, searching for something we will never know and then getting lost in the cold and spending his last few hours all alone. It is just sickening to think about and my heart breaks thinking about all the people that love him and then lost him.
It has been a big topic of conversation the past couple of days and for obvious reasons. Most people comment on the tragedy, say a prayer for Elijah, wonder why God would let something so awful happen and then go home and hug their child, grandchild, sibling or cousin so tight that they forget to let go. What I am really shocked about is the amount of people I spoke to that would say “Where were the parents?!” This is why I felt compelled to blog about this today because it has really bothered me. What do you mean “Where were the parents?” The parents and grandparents were sleeping as most people do at 4am! This smart little 3 year old got up, put on his boots, opened up the front door and walked outside, unaware of what was going to happen to him; all on his own steam. The only thing we should be doing as people is praying for this family and not casting judgement. As a first time mom, I know how easily accidents can happen. You try your best, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be there for your family but unfortunately stupid s*** happens that you wish never would especially to an innocent child. Life is unfair, happy, sad, unpredictable and unbelievable all in one breath.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. We may not see it now but maybe this was meant to cast awareness on child safety, maybe it was meant for us to go home and hug our little ones just a little tighter, or maybe it was meant to show that there are still caring and wonderful people in the world that can come together and help a family in need. For whatever reason is sucks! It sucks big time and I am constantly picturing that little boys sweet smile in my head.
We don’t know everything that happened in those early morning hours and I am sure we never will but I do know that people need to stick together and stop judging. It could so easily happen to any single one of us. #ripelijah