January 13th, 2007



The ice-storm in this area has resulted in a lovely dusting of frost on all the trees, and icicles under all the street signs and house eaves. It is such a lovely thing to see...there was this powdery, ghostly effect to the light throughout the day (yes, I did go for a lovely 45 minute walk!).....and in the evening I dragged everyone along to the Ice Festival at the Loop area, where they had put up various ice sculptures, an ice slide and an ice maze...I also thought about what it would mean to be homeless in this weather. This resulted in my giving a dollar to the poor old couple I found on the street corner with their hats out. Would I give 50 rupees to a beggar back home, though?

KM took a few pictures of the frozen branches of the tree, and so did I...picture-posts a little later!


Two days ago, I went to a local department store to buy groceries, and the poster of a child missing from 2002 caught my eye. I mused on how it must have been for the parents...it would, I thought, be easier to deal with the death of a child than the disappearance. To swing between hope and despair, endlessly...I thought about the boy, Shawn, missing when he was 10 years old.

Meanwhile, another young boy had been kidnapped from Kirkwood, a neighbouring community, 4 days ago. Another set of parents who had had their daughter kidnapped (she was later found dead) had sent up the "Amber Program" so that ANYONE could report any sighting of a child looking like a kidnapped child. Quite amazingly, someone DID phone in some information...and when police raided the suspect's home, they found Shawn, the other child, as well.

To find a kidnapped child alive and well would be some kind of miracle, I feel. The news still does not say if the children were abused in any way...

So few of the children who go missing in India are found...would an "Amber Program" work in our country?

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Wanted to go to kalyan's LJ to wish him a happy birthday...and then decided I would catch him on YM...sent him a message only to realize he had just logged off..and now, as I get to sit down at the laptop, I realize it's already the 14th over there...

Oh well, it's the wish that counts...and so, kalyan, here's wishing you the very best for the other 364 days ahead of your next birthday!
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