Every time I get to feeling a little sorry for myself, the Universe sends me a message that I’m a whiny doofus.
This time, it came in the form of the statements issued by the three girls who were held captive in a house in Cleveland for ten years. And while I don’t for a minute believe life is back-to-normal for them, the bravery exhibited here deserves an actual, honest-to-God “amazing” and “awesome”, and you know damn well I don’t use those words often.
Yeah, I’ve had a string of bad days recently, and then I watched this video this morning.
What the hell is the matter with me? I have been blessed with things to be grateful for my whole life.
To see these girls, who did indeed walk into hell and then walk back out, compose themselves long enough to show gratitude to a Cleveland community who set up up a fund for them is a blessing.
I don’t know why I need to be readjusted every once in a while, but I’m glad whose ever pointing me in the right direction is there.
It isn’t easy for them. Amanda appears to be the strongest. Gina has spoke little since her rescue, and Michelle has had facial reconstructive surgery, and she struggles with a learning disability. Her road may the hardest, but she exhibits a strength here that is so life affirming, I cried.
From the notes:
The women still maintain a strong desire for privacy and ask that everyone continue to respect their wishes in that regard going forward. Thank you.
The fact that the comments had to be disabled speaks to the nature of our internet world.