As most of you know I have 2 children. They are 7 and 10 (almost) now and I can no longer shield them from the goings on of the world. As we were driving yesterday from Florida to NC I listened to the verdict of the Casey Anthony trial on the radio. As I was informed of the idiotic result, I may have uttered an inappropriate word that my child heard (I said, "Are you fucking kidding me"). My 10 year old asked why I was so mad and I responded that I felt that this mother had hurt her child and was not going to be punished. This stumped both kids for a minute and then the questions began.
I know, I know, I opened myself up to this one but how in the world do you explain that even though everyone in the world thinks this woman is guilty (and crazy) she is going to walk away? What does this say about our justice system and what does this say about the prosecution in this case? I navigated the questions as best I could and dropped the subject quickly but (and this is a big but) I know that both of my kids will be thinking about this for awhile (as will most of us).
I am disappointed that I even had to have the conversation and am scared of what this woman will do once she is released. Pregnant again in 6 months (bet you $20), and she will hurt someone again. Not feeling real proud and protected at the moment.