I watched Primetime last night in horror and awe. I am horrified by the life that Jaycee Dugard lived for 18 years, but I'm in absolute awe in the woman that she is despite what happened to her. She isn't angry. (I think I would be) She is a loving mother, and she has a peaceful acceptance that I cannot imagine having after 18 years of torture. I had a few thought/comments/insights about her life story that I thought I would share.
- The human spirit is amazing! The tortures that she endured are unthinkable for me. I cannot express how amazed I am on her outlook on life. And to go through her life and come out strong and courageous on the other side is remarkable.
- The system fails, and the system beyond failed Jaycee Dugard! This is the saddest part of her story. Law enforcement was at the house over 60 times and never looked for her. This makes me sick. How can so many people fail? (OK fine that was judgemental, but I'm not sorry)
- Hope and faith keeps the spirit going. Jaycee talked about how her hope for seeing her mother again kept her going. And Jaycee's mom never allowed herself to loose faith over seeing her daughter again. I'm sure her faith wavered, but it never went away.
- And on #3's back-a mother's love is so powerful and irreplaceable.
I also took from Jaycee's story that I need to do a better job teaching Isabella about safety. We've taken a few steps like teaching her her phone number and address as well as our names. (Can't you just picture it, what's your mom's name? Mommy) But we really need to step it up. I've told her to find someone with a name badge to help her if she gets lost or needs help. But we've never practiced it. I see a little lesson on our next trip to Albertsons. I know that this wouldn't have helped Jaycee, but it will help when Isabella gets lost one day. I say when because almost all kids get separated form their parents at one point or another.
Now go hug and kiss your kids, they may drive you crazy, but they are safe under your roof. And I feel safe speaking for all of you that we are all grateful for that huge blessing.