Last night, the great Valentine's day sugar crash combined with a late Ash Wednesday service was not the finest hour in the McKellar household. After a day of horrible news and two Ash Wednesday services to contemplate my and my children's mortality, I was unsettled.
I know from talking to friends that I wasn't the only one. Humanity needed a win. Charleston had been rocked by the story of a 4 year old who had been abducted. Her mom was beat up by an "unwanted guest" (the full details of the story are not all public) and was found after she didn't pick up two of her children from school. But Heidi wasn't there. They didn't know if she had been taken, hid somewhere, or had wandered into the lake in their neighborhood. It was all so upsetting. Charleston is a small enough town that I knew people in their neighborhood who helped with the search. That night, the news broke into the Olympics to tell us that she had been found in Alabama and was unharmed. Humanity got a win. It doesn't take away from our sorrow for the students in Florida or the desperate need for a serious look at our gun control laws that is many years past due.
In the middle of the night, my 6 year old crawled in to sleep with us which hasn't happened in a long time. Normally I would have moved her back to her bed but I didn't mind having an extra few hours to be near her. I don't know how many more times she will do that and after contemplating her mortality at church, I think snuggles were in order for both of us.
Just as Mr. Rogers said "Look for the helpers.", I recommend looking for the good.