I don't like to think about bad things happening to my girls.
I can scarcely read news headlines, let alone view films featuring anything even mildly unsettling happening to a child.
I avoid it all.
But I am also aware of some ugly statistics.
And I feel that some of those things we can all agree are unthinkable, horrifying-to-imagine-things, are in need of some thought. I think if we dwell on negative possibilities, it will cripple us. But I choose to touch upon them, for fear of ill-preparing my children. My heart would bleed to hear my child lament, "No one had ever told [me] that a little girl on her own is exactly what a hungry wolf is looking for."
I'm talking about abuse, if you hadn't gathered.
I read this excellent post. I discussed it with a dear friend and my husband. I've had a few talks with Esky as a result, since. And I feel better for having taken this course. But don't get me wrong: it's not fun to think about. But think about it, briefly, I feel we must ('we' being my family)...a few times, at least (given we've procreated a few times). And there will need to be top-up talks, too. But then we move on...and live, with caution but without fear.
What are your thoughts?
Top Image from Tom McBratney's retelling of Little Red Riding Hood -- a loaded page, if I ever saw one! Esky and I discussed this (pretty scary) story as an allegory this month.