Fear and Relief

Published July 7, 2010 by LS Murphy

Yesterday, an Amber alert was issued in Missouri after 4-year-old Alisa Maier was kidnapped  in the small town of Louisiana. She was taken while playing in her front yard.

Thankfully, she was found, alive and well, in a car wash parking lot in Fenton, Missouri.

As a parent, I cannot imagine the terror rushing through Alisa’s mother and father. My thoughts instantly went to my own daughter. What would I do? Could I be able to function? How can Alisa’s mom handle the thought of not knowing?

In times such as this, we all find an inner strength that isn’t imaginable until it happens. We find the will to move forward and do what needs to be done to rectify the situation. In this case, the pleas of the family, the quick action of the police to issue the Amber Alert, and the public’s awareness lead to a happy ending.

When I woke up to the news that little Alisa was safe, I wept a little. But that fear still grips my heart. The “what ifs” won’t go away. I don’t think they ever will. It’s a requirement of parenthood that we worry about our children. Now more than ever, we have to be aware and cautious. We have to vigilantly watch them, even if it drives them batty.

And we can’t succumb to the fear.

To the Maier family, we all celebrate the safe return of your daughter as our eyes tighten around our own children.


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