Thursday, April 30, 2020

Under the Ice

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under the ice
This is not a photo of a person under ice, although it sure looks like it.

Such a pretty girl...How old did you say? 

Not sure who she is, what her name is, twelve years old.

Do they know yet what happened?  

They?  You mean the detectives?

Who else would I mean?  Yes, the detectives.  Them.

They don't know. Some kid found her in the creek, under the ice.

She....Vicky? The girl in the ice?... That's her name, right?--Vicky, and must have floated downstream...

       Then the ice froze over her...Vicky, yeah that's her name...her folks had waited for so long...

How are Ken and Sheila--Vicky's parents, right? holding up?

Okay, I guess. Can't look at them.  We're taking food in for the family.

  The church always takes fried chicken and peach pie. For her, what's her name again? Vicky? That's the name, right?

I wonder if or when they'll ever figure out...find out what I did? God, I hope not.  I didn't mean to...the car swerved..Vicky... just appeared and...

You must, you have to tell them what happened.

      She was so scared...at the end...Vicky was crying

 She was scared before that...you could have saved her...Vicky would still be alive.

       Father Paul, I wasn't thinking...
     
Time to own up, Tim...Time to give Ken and Sheila peace. Vicky. Time for you confess. Time for you seek forgiveness.

       Scared...so scared.  I am so scared.

So was she, Tim. So was she.

Whether it is Covid Virus or any other disastrous event, nothing nothing is more horrible and evil than what happens to some other Vicky, a little girl playing one moment then dead the next. 




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    1. As a retired teachers, we always knew when this happened. The sense of anger and sadness is indescribable.

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  2. It looks so real! I'd also call the police.

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  3. Very sad. And proof no one is perfect.

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    1. Making such spontaneous thoughtless decisions---I wonder how many make decisions like that.

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  4. I can't imagine living with that guilt.

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    1. Tim would probably be self-medicating with alcohol and drugs to dull the guilt.

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  5. Yes, I relate to all that. I worked in a child protection unit. To this day I spot symptoms in families while at Walmart and other venues. I have to deliberately remind myself to walk away.

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    1. That would be painful to see it not be able to face them. As a teacher, confronting a child abuser was hard and then to call CPS (child protection services), well, that was scary..

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  6. A heartrending truth for far too many. Not only do I wonder how the perpetrator lives with it, I also wonder how the person who hears to confession does. Particularly if they know that the perpetrator hasn't yet made that important next step.

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    1. Hearing horrible confessions would do me in.

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  7. How sad. I didn't see that one coming. I would take my chances with the law, because the guilt would kill me before the state did.

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    1. Father Paul worked Jeff through seeing that little girl and admitting her name. Forcing that to happen must take it toll on the priest.

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  8. That was heavy. And very well done.

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    1. This happens too often, and is never discovered, sometimes decades later.

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  10. Poor Tim, I hope he confesses and gets it off his chest and brings closure to the parents.
    I've been watching the X-Files lately and most things found under the ice are alien or have been invaded by something alien.

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    1. If only that would be so where the science fiction has that happen.

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  11. In eality I cannot understand the pressure on a priest. WORSE, I cannot even think the pressure of many teachers since they are a BIG line of defense to children, a position that SHOULD NOT BE, in my opinion. But like it or not our civilization (?) has placed them there and the weight must be horrendous.
    WHAT A STORY! SAD
    You can put a face on some ugly situations.
    Love Sherry & jack

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    1. A priest must struggle with what he learns through confessional and what he would like to do. A teacher has a commitment to report any suspected abuse and must do that. I can recall that children, see their faces.

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  12. Ohmyword! This is so sad. All I can think of is her parents. The uncertainty would kill me.
    Priests. Police. They deal with such terrible situations. When our son decided to join the police in our town, we cautioned him. He is such a sweet soul. His dad told him he would be dealing with the very worst that humanity had to offer. He said it was something he needed to do. That was 15 years ago. He has handled it. The worst is when the kids suffer. But he has handled it. He says sometimes he comes home and just holds his own kids a little tighter. But he still feels it is something he needs to do.

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    1. To have a police officer like him caring for his community thrills me. God bless him.

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  13. So sad and scary. He needs to confess, he can never make it right, he can at least do that.

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  14. Reading this one made me squirm.

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  15. Nasty. Not something I wanted to read about. I can only take lightweight stuff for now.

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    1. This is a heavy story, just whenever there is an Amber Alert siren my heart getting heavy.

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