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that’s one of my nightmares, right there

August 27th, 2009 at 12:42

This morning, Jaycee Dugard, who went missing in 1991 at 11 years old, walked into an Antioch police station. (Here’s a story about it.)

The story itself is a completely nightmare for me. The step-father of this young girl watched, helplessly, as someone yanked his kid off the street and drove off with her; they found her 18 years later. It underscores, for me, that’s there no magical age for our kids when we can breathe a sigh of relief and know they’re going to be okay — starting from SIDS and going right on through the rest of their lives, there’s always something to be worried about. The question is: how do you stop this worry and fear from snowballing into something that completely incapacitates you as a parent? How can you make sure you don’t become overprotective and smothering? Add that to the list of things we need to be constantly vigilant about as guardians of a young one’s well-being.

As an aside, the man who is in custody for her disappearance has a blog that show’s he’s more than slightly unhinged.

2 Responses to “that’s one of my nightmares, right there”

  1. Eric S Says:

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22891

    check out this very good piece by Michael Chabon about exactly this kind of fear.

  2. alison Says:

    Bonus! I love Michael Chabon! Thanks! :D

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