Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Writing Assignment

I've missed the last few weeks of Mama Kat's weekly assignments but this week I thought I would participate.

Here are the prompts this week:

1.) If I sent you four hundred dollars today what is ONE thing you would spend it on and why. ps I want my change.

2.) What are your kids talking about?

3.) Tell us about a local news story that's all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.

4.) Share some blogging advice.

5.) Tell us about that time at the playground when that thing happened.(thanks to Heather at Chasing Butterfly's who unknowingly inspired this last prompt)

I decided to go with.....#3.

The Murder of Sandra Cantu

I'm sure everyone has heard about this. Yes, this is happening near me and being a parent of a daughter, it broke my heart to see the flyer's of this little girl and to see this on the news on a daily basis. I was praying this little girl would be brought home safely to her family and unfortunately, it didn't happen that way. I honestly can't imagine what her parent's are going through and hope to never have to.

Then the fact that this woman, Melissa Huckaby who is a mother, who's daughter played with Sandra and was also a Sunday school teacher would do something so horrible to a child. What kind of person would do something like this? The fact that she is a mother herself, just doesn't make sense to me.

My husband and I have talked about this and what may or could have happened. We have thought that since Sandra and Melissa's daughter played together all the time, perhaps the two girls had gotten into a recent "tiff" (since the daughter wasn't there the day of the murder) and we all know how some of us mom's (including me) get protective of their kids. However, most of us mom's would NEVER do something like this. This is just horrible and mind boggling. To think Sandra's parents probably trusted this woman, knowing the two girls played all the time at each others house.

This is just another reason why I will not let my child play out in the front without my presence. Why I have a hard time trusting other people with my child and why I do not plan on allowing my child to stay the night at one of her friend's house that I am not friend's with the parent. This is a proven fact that the people you may think you know, you just may not.


Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

I'm in the Bay Area too, and this is just such a horrific story. Every day new details come out that just shock me.

As parents, we can never be too protective of our children.

btw... I'm going to follow you!

Young Momma said...

I was considering posting about this as well, but just couldn't bring myself to do it.

You know the worst part. When I first heard it was a woman, I of course went through the shock. We all thought it was a man. My first thought was "Well, maybe this is the bright side of it." If there really is ever a bright side in situations like this. I just thought though, that maybe the little girl hadn't been sexually assaulted since it was a woman.

Then my hubs pointed out that maybe the mom had accidentally pushed the girl and didn't want to go to jail for it. Still wrong, but maybe it wasn't MURDER. You know??

Then to find out that she DID rape the little girl with a foreign object and DID murder her on purpose... It just breaks your heart. My prayers go out to that family. :(

Melissa said...

Oh I know...this is a terrible, heart-breaking story!!
I am almost afraid to find out what actually happened... :(

Stesha said...

Kimmy, you are so right. I live in a small town and now my children can't go out to play unless I am right there. This type of thing has become the norm in our society.

Hugs and Mocha,

Musings of the Mrs. said...

I almost wrote about this for Mama Kat too - even though its only "in my neck of the woods" in the way that all of CA is in my neck of the woods. Everything I read about this makes me so sad and so mad at that woman. I cannot believe we can't trust people we know. It makes it so much harder, and life can already be hard.

Trudy Tilseth said...

That is just really scary. I'm not a parent yet but I definitely agree with your philosophy of no sleepovers unless you know the parents very well. This world is just too crazy now! Very sad story.