I haven't posted in over a week now. A lot of stuff has been going on here - mostly not good. Do you ever have those days or even weeks where everything goes wrong? When you get really depressed and the world is such a sad place. In German we call it Weltschmerz. I looked it up in my dictionary and found no translation. Looks like it's been incorporated in the English language.
First we had this stupid snow storm destroy everything. Then I got some bad news from Germany. Nothing is selling in my etsy shop or sales keep falling through. The news of the oilspill and bad economy are not helping either. But what is all of that compared to this story:
About two months ago a 12-year-old girl disappeared from our community. Kayleah Wilson was her name. It was right around the time of my daughter's birthday. Pictures of Kayleah were posted in the movie theatre where we celebrated my child's birthday. In fact, Kayleah went missing walking to a friend's birthday party - 8 blocks away from her house. Her body was found yesterday - after torrential rains from the night before washed it out from a shallow grave or hiding place.
How do we explain that to our children? How is it possible that a little girl my children's' age could come to this horrible end in a small town like Greeley, Colorado?
It seems like not too long ago I had been discussing with other parents, at what age we could let our kids ride their bikes to places alone. Now I feel like saying: Never! It's not safe.
Please, pray for this little girl and her family! Pray for our community, that the killer will be found and brought to justice. I used to think of this town as a sleepy little place. I missed the excitement of the city. But heck, at least I felt it was a safe place to raise children. What of it now?
Sorry for sharing my weltschmerz with you. Maybe you can help me get out of this funk with some good news and uplifting comments.