“You Could Have Been Killed!”

December 20, 2011 at 7:32 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t take candy from someone you don’t know. If you see something, say something.

We receive the warnings, adults and children alike, but things happen. You are in the wrong place at the wrong time. You make one bad decision. You trust the wrong person.

It does seem that teenagers, in particular are at risk of danger. Old enough to crave independence and excitement, yet young enough to think that bad people only exist in movies or poor neighborhoods. Teenagers trust people they have just met, walk familiar streets alone at night after a keg party, break curfew, lie about where they go at night, take rides from hot shot drivers, all activities that cause parents to lose sleep. I know. I was one. And when I think of all the crazy stupid situations I put myself in when I was a teen, I shake my head.

My frame of mind at the time was different than it is now, and I think I know when it started. When Natalee Holloway went missing in 2005, I was captivated by the case. Before then, I watched Unsolved Mysteries, and followed the Jon Benet Ramsey case to some extent, but with Natalee, it was different. I was fresh out of college with memories of my high school senior trip still fresh in mind. Natalee wasn’t that different from me. A young girl, full of promise, never hurt a fly, but she made a bad decision and it likely cost her her life. Since then, I can’t stop watching crime TV. I am fascinated by Investigation Discovery and complex legal cases. I would love to be a juror in a complicated case that resulted in putting away someone who deserved to be put away, or to free someone who was somehow framed — wrong place, wrong time.

So with all I have seen, with all I have experienced at this point in my life, with a better understanding that anything could happen to anymore, I live my life more aware, and can certainly feel a protective instinct being born that my children will one day have to live with.

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  1. Oh, the JonBenet case still haunts me.

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