Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Debonair

‘No man stands so straight

as when he stoops to help a boy.’ 

~Knights of Pythagoras

my kaish I was thinking today,

while I was waiting for Kaish

at acting class,

that he is blessed.

He has a great Daddy.

He has a wonderful Pop Pop.

He has a great Uncle in my brother.

I am thankful for the men he can look up to.

That is so important.

When I was watching the Predators on Monday,

it was deeply impressed upon us, the viewers,

that these Predators pick children

that are not getting enough care and love at home.

Something is missing for those children.

I hope you will go and review the information.

It is hard to read.

It is uncomfortable in the extreme.

But it is also vital.

We need to protect our children.

family watch dog

All of our children.

 

The Long Road to China

ABC Wednesday

Wordful Wednesday

89 comments:

Jason, as himself said...

Scary stuff.

Are there more predators now than before, or are we just talking about it so much more now?

photowannabe said...

So scary. Very definitely we need to protect our own children and the children we are around. Family is family and that means the Family of God.
I think Jason has a point. the media has allowed everything to be more visible but sadly I think its been around all along.
A disturbing but vital post.

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed scary and I have to admit that I'm glad my kids are grown and they grew up in a fairly small town where such things weren't even considered. I'm sure there were some predators, but we never heard about them. Sadly, it's a whole different world now. Good reminder! Hope the rest of your week goes well!

Sylvia

Nessa said...

We should treat and cherish our good men more. They are so very important for boys and girls.

Dismal

He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful picture of Kaishon. I hear you. We must protect our children. It can be a very scary world. So thankful that our trust is in the Lord & for the power of prayer. I cover my kids in it while I am away from them.

Buckeroomama said...

"‘No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy.’"

I love that quote!
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Scary stuff. I was just watching the first part and I thought to myself how they don't look threatening at all, which makes it even more scary. *shudders*

Alicia said...

What a wonderful quote!!! He has the sweetest smile, Rebekah!

And what is The Predators??? I should watch it!

Michelle said...

Love that quote.

How scary that you saw your sons barber on the list! Great reminder to make sure we are doing what we can to keep our children safe.

Cloudia said...

Wise post!


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Tumblewords: said...

This is so frightening. Yes, we do need to be protective of our own and others' as well. Always on the watch. Thanks for the reminder.

Muthering Heights said...

Soooo scary...that site showed 48 offenders in my town...and two live just down the road!!!

Matty said...

It is so sad that adults can actually do this to innocent kids. And still have a conscience. My kids grew up with plenty of love and attention.

angie said...

You are so right.

Someone I know had a step son (didn't live with her when it happened) who was kidnapped in a VERY famous kidnapping case in the 80's. The kidnapper later said that he chose boys that didn't seem like they'd be missed. So, he totally tuned into the familial influences!

I love the picture and thoughts today!

Wendy said...

My stomach just rolled and knotted. There's a sex offender within a mile of my home. Disgusting!!!!!

Lisa said...

Beyond his handsome face I see wisdom, joy, sensitivity and grace peeking out from those dancing eyes!

Magical!

Every Mama's nightmare to have their child targeted by that kind of pain and hurt....thank you for helping to spread such a vital message!

Erin said...

It's scary how many predators there are out there. It's no wonder a lot of kids don't go outside!

Frau said...

It's a scary world today! Protecting our children is so important.It's a different world than our parents generation and our own. Sad really!

Reader Wil said...

Children need protection, but so do parents. Some parents need help. I didn't see that programme you are writing about, but I understand that's scary! Your Kaishon is a fortunate young man indeed. Thanks for sharing your post!

debi9kids said...

Amen, We need to watch our kids!

Your son is so handsome and so very blessed.

Michelle said...

So much truth!!

Beautiful picture of your adorable son!

Run DMT said...

You are truly blessed to have 3 wonderful men in your life to lead Kaishon. I loved the quote at the beginning of your post.

You are so right about predators and stranger danger. It's scary how those sick bastards prey on our children. You just have to love your children, teach them all the stranger danger tricks and pray for their safety every day.

cinner said...

I liked the quote, had not heard it before. I am glad that there are good men in Kaish life. He has the best smile. It makes me crazy with all the bad things in the world. I guess educating is the best, sad that the children have to grow up so soon now. Great post. take care my friend.

Sonya said...

I think you need to take a trip to the netherlands so that we can hang out while you teach me better photography skills..I'll bake for you:)
Love the quote and that smile..

Julie said...

yeah for good role models! And I love that he was in acting class... how fun!

jenbusymom said...

Great shot! It is very scary to think of something like this happening to our children. It's so important to love and protect them as much as we can.

Love Letters To China said...

Well said... I watched that show too and was deeply touched. I agree that care and love is the key in raising children. Love your little man!

4 Lettre Words said...

He is such a doll...and blessed, indeed!

Happy WW, my friend!

sheila said...

This post and yesterdays are very nice. We cannot watch our children enough. There's too many sick people out there just waiting. Ughhh. Makes me sick.

Felicia said...

Love that quote and that photograph is awesome!!

Jay said...

That quote is great! I'm glad that Kaishon has a great Daddy - he has a great Mommy, too!

On behalf of the team, thank you for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a wonderful message!! It is so important that we teach out kids to be aware of these montsters.

Beautiful black and white of Kaish......

How about the snow??? Oh my gosh girl....get out your shovel, you are going to need it.....BIG TIME!

Enjoy your snow day!

xo,

Lisa

BLOGitse said...

We should always remember:

Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Dale Carnegie

BLOGitse

Cop Mama said...

Great quote! Look at that little man! So handsome! I, of course, am partial to little dudes having two of my own!

Sarah @ When two becomes three... said...

Hi Becky Boo. You have such a big and compassionate heart. Thanks for speaking out about this and raising awareness.

I love this pic of the K man. Gorgeous. Happy Wednesday!

angelcel said...

You're lucky in the U.S. to be able to find out where these people are. This is something we're currently denied here in the U.K. When I was little, living in a small community, everyone knew where the dodgy people lived and as children we were told to avoid going near that person's house. I see this kind of tracking as a useful extension of this.

Denise said...

It IS so SCARY! I still worry about my grown kids and now I have grandkids to worry about.
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Busy Bee Suz said...

I love that quote.
I hate people who harm children...or anyone!

Pam said...

Well said. Our children are to be treasured and protected. They are the future of our world.

Dianne said...

that is how children end up in gangs as well, looking for a sense of family and belonging

Kash has a wonderful face
so expressive and kind and wondrous

Mayhem and Moxie said...

Such an important message! I must admit that this post is made stronger by the accompanying (and absolutely gorgeous) picture of Kaishon. We really can never be too careful!

Norah said...

Important message and gorgeous B&W !

Kate said...

A message we all need to hear for sure.

This is a gorgeous b & w. But how could it not be?? Kaishon is a beautiful boy!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from SITS! I love the quote and the pictures. Your son is so blessed.

Kmama said...

Amazing picture!! Great post. People need to be more aware, be more vigilant.

April said...

I watched the show about child predators on Oprah and I, literally, felt sick to my stomach!I couldn't believe how those men spoke about abusing children like it was a "normal" thing to do! What kind of world do we live in??? A very SCARY one, that's for sure!

Nihal said...

Unfortunately in my country it's one of the most important topics. I think the reason is about 'education'. We need to educate ourselves and take all action to protect our children. Because there are many ways to do that. A warm hug for your little one:)

Wanda said...

Love all your quotes. So inspirational.

Kaishon has the most amazing face. And beyond the joy and intelligence and beauty - there's an old soul in there. Great Blg&Wh.

Thank you for continuing to sound the alarm. So important.

Hope you are coping with all this snow....and staying warm!

xox

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Your b&w of Kaishon is great, I love the quote and the tribute to the special men in his life who will help shape him into a man of integrity.

It is sickening to think of people preying on children and an important reminder to be ever-vigilant...

Bundle up and enjoy the day~

Lisa

Joy Taylor said...

Great blog. It is scary to know people are out there like that. But it is great to know that boys have people to look up to like that!

Roger Owen Green said...

It's good that your young man has such good, strong guidance.

Colleen said...

That is such a difficult site to view but I feel it is important...thank you for getting the message : )
He is such a handsome guy : ) always such a beautiful smile..

Tiaras said...

I heard about this and forgot to DVR it - I wanted to watch this one. I am a freak about watching out for my kids with this stuff. I DRILL into their heads whenever they got to a class or school or sporting event - that they are to NEVER go alone with anyone even if that person is a friend or family member and even if they say that mom or dad said it was okay that they are lying b/c my son and my daughter know they do not have my permission to ever be alone with anyone but me or my husband.

Bellismom said...

What a great picture. Looks so happy!

The Sanders Family said...

What a handsome young man. You've really captured his personality in this shot! He looks so fun-hearted!!! Love it :)

Christine said...

Thank you for the information, and your young man is very lucky to such great men in his life! Happy WW!

Killlashandra said...

What a great smile! :)

Christine said...

WONDERFUL message and beautiful photo! His expression is just amazing in this shot.

parentingBYdummies said...

Yes, I saw that show on Oprah and it was strange. I remember thinking I wouldn't have my children around any of those men. Maybe because I knew they were predators or maybe because I'm mindful of who my children are around. Either way you are right, 100% about the need to ensure our children are wrapped up tight at home. Presently mine are wrapped in 40 inches of freezing cold snow. Today I know they are safe:)

Shawna&Co. said...

You are telling me sister!!! This world is a scary place to be raising kids in.. It breaks my heart to think of what some go through.

Love the quote with the picture!

Gail said...

Beautiful quote.

What a handsome young man you have, his eyes speak volumes. Gorgeous black and white.

And thank you for the reminder.

Amy said...

Great photo! And great quote, as well. You're sending an important message here.

Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

Makes me so sick to hear these stories, and even more sick when I look up my address and how many of these predators actually live in the area. Thank the good Lord, not close, but, still, too close.

Gorgeous picture, as always! ;)

Stephanie said...

Horrible stuff. I think all child predators should be branded on their forehead and castrated as soon as they are caught. I get alerts from Family Watchdog and check it often, and encourage others to do the same. Great post, and thanks for stopping by my blog!!

girlytwins said...

I could not agree more with you and how important it is to have good role models for our children. Your son is as lucky as he is adorable.

brooke lynn said...

great blog! i love the pics.

yes, i like my name for the most part...when i was little i couldn't say my "r"'s so my name was bwooke. :)

nice to meet you! :)

mooneyequalsmc2 said...

The world is a scary place. So sad...but we need to educate ourselves in order to stay ahead of the mosnters in this life.

Thank you for the link...and I love the photo of Kaishom! He looks so much older today!

mindy~

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Just seeing that precious smiling face at your header made me immediately smile. I am right with you on being a protector of our children. That is a big deal to me!

Brenda said...

I could not agree more.

kerri said...

Our children are our greatest gift and blessings, they should always be protected and feel safe and to think there are people out there who can harm them in anyway sickens and troubles my heart.
Beautiful photo of Kaishon...

Jo said...

What a sweet face ~ I love your black and white this week!

It is very scary out there!

Jo

J. L. W. said...

It is scary to think that there are people out there who would hurt innocent children. We need to do everything we can to protect our kids.

Gerri said...

Well said and how blessed your little "man" is. :)

The Cabrals said...

Be proud and always cherish the boys in your life. i love your family...u are very lucky

Elouise82 said...

Great quote, and beautiful picture. A lot to think about there!

Grandma J said...

Your message is right on! Kaishon takes acting classes? Tell me more!

Joy said...

Love the black and white photo, very debonair.
So many evil people around, its a scary world, but hopefully there are good people around who will look out for the children.

Eternal Lizdom said...

I wish it had all been so openly discussed when I was a child- maybe it would have stopped sooner or never started in the first place...

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

mine gets mad at me but guess what????
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Spiderdama said...

Great picture;-)
Have a nice evening!

Mighty M said...

I spent some time pouring over the Watchdog site after you posted the link. Thanks. :)

Lucy said...

It's so scary. I will go read now... thank you for posting this and thanks for stopping by my blog. your photos are amazing...

Robin said...

Great post ... it is so important to teach children ... there are some crazy people out there.

Your son has a beautiful smile :)

freckletree. said...

my, he is a handsome boy.

and i can't agree more that female AND male influences are so important in a child's life.

Teacher Tom said...

My take-away is that care and love are the best way to protect our children.

the nourished mama said...

Thank you for the link. It's easy to have false sense of security when you can't see faces and facts. Heartbreaking that there are people who want to hurt children. It makes you wonder if they were hurt growing up too. I remember hearing that Charles Manson had been abandoned as a child and was in and out of institutions never loved by anyone. If his mother had never turned her back on him his life and ultimately so many others could have been saved. If parents everywhere took their role seriously the world would probably be a much better place.

Two Kayaks said...

What a beautiful shot of a beautiful boy.
I watched the show and my stomach turned while listening to the predators talk about their seductions. There is no rehabilitation for pedophiles. None. They are the worst of the worst and need to be locked away for good.

Ellie said...

love the photo of your gorgeous boy! - the graininess and b&w give it such a lovely vintage feel :)

Kim said...

What a fabulous photo of your son! And yes, what scary scary stuff there. We live in a town with a high percentage of registered sex offenders (lucky us huh?) so I am ever vigilant with my kids.