Once upon a time, every once in a while, I’d hear a story that made me shake my head and wonder what people were thinking. Like that woman that drover her car into the lake with her baby boys still strapped in. Or a friend of a friend who’s 11 year old daughter shot herself in the stomach because she thought she was pregnant.
Those sad stories would pop up and I’d think, “Man, that’s some crazy crap.” But it didn’t happen all the time. It wasn’t the norm. Now it seems I could hear both those stories, plus half a dozen more just as insane all in the nightly news for one day.
I’m a little sleep deprived as the munchkin man is sick and not sleeping well, but today so far, I’ve gotten dizzy from shaking my head at all the crazy stuff I’m hearing.
Another student killed themselves at a local school. This is the fifth one in just over a month. 5 in a month! WTF is going on?? Is there something in the food or water? Is there some sort of cult? Bullying? What are the parents doing? Is the school doing anything?
Another teacher/coach was arrested for having inappropriate relations with a student. I can’t count how many times this has come up recently both locally and nationally. Locally, this is the fourth that I know of since winter break ended, so two and a half months or so. Again: WTF?? Are these teachers being screened? I’d say that perhaps more kids are just coming out, but I know that in two of them, the student DIDN’T tell and were upset about the teacher getting in trouble. Where are the parents?? What is the school doing??
And it’s not just the big huge things like that. My girls (17 y/o twins) were talking on the way to school and commented about a couple who, though the live with their parents, they haven’t spent a night apart since summer. Both of these kids are 16! They are juniors in high school. And the parents are fine with them not only having sex, but sleeping together EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. I understand kids will do things, but that’s going beyond parental acceptance that “kids will be kids”. WTF?
I’ve been shopping for prom dresses and at least 80% of those dresses don’t even come to mid-thigh. On a regular day, I wouldn’t let my kids wear skirts that short, let alone for prom! But there they are. And if the kids weren’t buying them, the stores wouldn’t have them. Who is letting their daughters wear micro-mini skirts to prom? WTF??
1 in 5 freshman drop out of school before graduating. 1 in 4 don’t get a high school diploma within four years (meaning they’ve dropped out or failed). 1 in 3 teen girls are pregnant before they are 20. 10% of all births are to teens … and that’s not counting the pregnancies that ended up as miscarriages or abortions. And parents like the ones above don’t help matters. Neither do lovely shows like Teenage mom!
Am I the only one who thinks the world has gone at least half crazy? I mean with parents killing their kids and one another, kids having kids, kids thinking suicide is their only choice when they are still so young….
It’s so sad and bleak the state of our world right now. I’m so afraid what it’s going to be like for my youngest daughter (9) and just about terrified what it will be like for my little munchkin man!
If we don’t wake up and DO something to change what’s going on.
Go hug your babies. Tell them you love them. I don’t care if they are 17 and twice your size, go do it. Tell them they will always be your baby and you’ll do anything to protect them and that they can come to you at any time to talk about ANYTHING. And you’ll still love them.