I just… why do I watch Oprah when she’s doing shows on horrific, tragic deaths of children?

I know why. I watch because I think it will make me more careful. I know it will make me more careful. And it bolsters my resolve to demand caution from others, even when they make fun of me for it.

But it doesn’t mean I don’t want to just dig a hole and get in.

On a much lighter note, my friend Jodi was here with her adorable baby Hayden. He’s just a few weeks younger than Alden. There’s not much sweeter than the sight of him with his lovey — a tiny blanket with a giraffe head. Jodi said whenever he’s tired she just hands him the lovey. He rubs the giraffe all over his face and then conks right out. Today she came by with one she picked up for Alden. He’s clutching it in his sleep as I type. This thing is magic. Turns out it’s made by a company called Angel Dear and they come in a zillion varieties on Amazon. I ordered five more — giraffe (doubles), tiger, frog, monkey and sheep. I really want one of each, but can’t quite justify that.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. There are two varieties of children’s horrible deaths.
    One is, fate poops on them. Childhood leukemias; enzymatic disorders; an old guy confuses gas and brake and runs over their entire class. Not a single thing one can do to prevent any of them.
    The second is, their parents are horrible, terrible parents. Heroin/vodka/partying is more important than child care. They leave them in locked cars. They beat them to death. Them sell them as sex slaves.
    You’re not a horrible, terrible parent. And that’s all you can affect.
    Oprah’s just trying to sell soap and tears.

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  2. There are two varieties of children’s horrible deaths.
    One is, fate poops on them. Childhood leukemias; enzymatic disorders; an old guy confuses gas and brake and runs over their entire class. Not a single thing one can do to prevent any of them.
    The second is, their parents are horrible, terrible parents. Heroin/vodka/partying is more important than child care. They leave them in locked cars. They beat them to death. Them sell them as sex slaves.
    You’re not a horrible, terrible parent. And that’s all you can affect.
    Oprah’s just trying to sell soap and tears.

    Reply

  3. There are two varieties of children’s horrible deaths.
    One is, fate poops on them. Childhood leukemias; enzymatic disorders; an old guy confuses gas and brake and runs over their entire class. Not a single thing one can do to prevent any of them.
    The second is, their parents are horrible, terrible parents. Heroin/vodka/partying is more important than child care. They leave them in locked cars. They beat them to death. Them sell them as sex slaves.
    You’re not a horrible, terrible parent. And that’s all you can affect.
    Oprah’s just trying to sell soap and tears.

    Reply

  4. There are two varieties of children’s horrible deaths.
    One is, fate poops on them. Childhood leukemias; enzymatic disorders; an old guy confuses gas and brake and runs over their entire class. Not a single thing one can do to prevent any of them.
    The second is, their parents are horrible, terrible parents. Heroin/vodka/partying is more important than child care. They leave them in locked cars. They beat them to death. Them sell them as sex slaves.
    You’re not a horrible, terrible parent. And that’s all you can affect.
    Oprah’s just trying to sell soap and tears.

    Reply

  5. There are two varieties of children’s horrible deaths.
    One is, fate poops on them. Childhood leukemias; enzymatic disorders; an old guy confuses gas and brake and runs over their entire class. Not a single thing one can do to prevent any of them.
    The second is, their parents are horrible, terrible parents. Heroin/vodka/partying is more important than child care. They leave them in locked cars. They beat them to death. Them sell them as sex slaves.
    You’re not a horrible, terrible parent. And that’s all you can affect.
    Oprah’s just trying to sell soap and tears.

    Reply

  6. There are two varieties of children’s horrible deaths.
    One is, fate poops on them. Childhood leukemias; enzymatic disorders; an old guy confuses gas and brake and runs over their entire class. Not a single thing one can do to prevent any of them.
    The second is, their parents are horrible, terrible parents. Heroin/vodka/partying is more important than child care. They leave them in locked cars. They beat them to death. Them sell them as sex slaves.
    You’re not a horrible, terrible parent. And that’s all you can affect.
    Oprah’s just trying to sell soap and tears.

    Reply

  7. You’re right. Thank you for the perspective.

    Reply

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