Cassidy McKay here. I live in Northern California, and I'm the mother of four children. While normally I write about romance, entanglements, humor, love and sex, today I'm not. I tried, but there is something on my mind that takes precedence.
Many of you may have heard the news stories of a little 8-year old girl who was missing from Tracy, California. We followed this story very closely as one of my daughters is the same age. Tragically yesterday, they found the little girl's body stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in an irrigation pond 2 miles from her home.
Home surveillance videos in the mobile home park where the girl lived showed her walking and skipping along the street shortly before she went missing. Playing and happy, just like every little kid should enjoy life. Those are the last images of this little one.
So while love and romance are both thrilling and exciting, this is just a reminder to keep your loved ones (whether small children or not) close and in your heart. You never know when you won't have the chance to tell them what you should have said.
Sorry for the somber note, this just really brought to my mind (as my 8-year old daughter is going camping with a friend for the next 5 days), how fleeting and temporary that life, love and childhood are. My heart goes out to the family.
If you love someone, let them know.