i'll feel like being funny again in a couple hours
as part of my job i followed bruce jackson's terrible story closely when it unfolded three years ago. so it was with interest that i saw an update on the front page of today's paper. i wasn't a parent then. today, the horrific details of the abuse he and his brothers suffered at the hands of his foster parents has an addded personal dimension. reading the speech he delivered to his former foster mother, just before she was sentenced, made me cry. heartbreaking.
there was another article in the metro section today about an 18-year-old girl who killed her newborn, then stuck it in her backpack. i read stories like these in a whole new light now, surprised to find how personally i take them. when i showed the paper to mrs. nice guy this morning, she said exactly what i was thinking, banal as it may sound: how can people do these things to babies? you know what, people? if you don't want your child, don't drown her. don't starve him. don't torture her. don't beat him to death.
hell, let's just skip the middle man. my wife and i will happily take the baby off your hands before you lift a finger against it. then you can run off to jail where you belong and enjoy being brutally raped every day for the rest of your life. how does that sound?