Another minor story that I heard on the news is the one about Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's insane notion of fashion. This backpack is made from alligator skin and many animal rights folks are not happy. But, look closer; it is adorned with prescription pill "ornaments". And, it's cost is $55,000.
Am I the only person that finds this not only offensive but threatening? Why should anyone endorse this as fashion? To all those kids who might somehow see these girls as role models, what does this bag say to them about prescription drug abuse or misuse?
Is this another way that someone has decided to attack our kids? I'm beginning to feel as if we are living in hell on this earth. How can we, as parents or just a concerned person, stand up against something like this? For me, I can only point it out to others. I can call it what it is. This is an attack, maybe not the quick pointed attack that occurred in Connecticut but the slow subtle sort of thing that after a while begins to take away the shock until it becomes accepted. Glamorizing something that kills and destroys families is not okay, ever.
Son leaves the 12 step retreat on Christmas Eve and moves into a recovery house. He has requested the Dad to pick him up. I am very pleased. This is healing. I'm sure that fear will try to sneak up on us from time to time. I heard a quote and I don't remember who said it or the exact words but basically said that if you have fear you have no room for faith and if you have faith there is no room for fear.
Today I am thankful for this new place in life. I am thankful that our home sold, we're all moved in to a new apartment, son has completed a program and is moving into a recovery house, the girls are doing really well and that we are turning our lives into a new direction. I pray for all of those suffering in Connecticut, including the shooter's family. I pray for those suffering from the disease of addiction and any mental illness. And, I say a prayer for Henry.