Are there miracles in this world? Some people would say, “Yes, everyday”. Others would say: “No way!” I think even the non-believers would have to at least partly believe in them after the miracle that occurred this past May 6th. Long-time missing teenagers Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were found alive in Cleveland along with another young woman, Michelle Knight. These teenagers are now women since it has been a decade since they had gone missing. Ariel Castro was promptly arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping of all three women. In addition, Amanda Berry has a daughter, a beautiful, six-year-old girl. I am very glad that her daughter is here, but I wish she could have been created in a happy situation instead of a violent one.
The discovery of these women alive is truly a remarkable story. When my Mom called me and told me that Amanda and Gina had been found; I thought she was going to tell me that both of them were dead. We also did not know about Michelle at all so maybe many people thought she was dead too. It is truly a miracle that these three women and this little girl are here and now thankfully, safe and sound. The long process of healing begins…….
I reviewed Jaycee Dugard’s A Stolen Life a few months back. I said that thankfully, Jaycee had been found; and her captors had been brought to justice. I also mentioned how Amanda and Gina were still missing after all these years. If I had known about Michelle and Amanda’s daughter, I would have mentioned them too. Thankfully, all four of these young ladies have been found alive. However, I must state the same thing I said a few months ago. There are still many women, girls, boys, and men missing in Northeast Ohio as well as throughout the United States. They need a hero like Charles Ramsey and another, Spanish-speaking neighbor to stand up and help them come home. Sometimes, they can scream and kick open a door like Amanda Berry did. Other times, they need two quick-thinking, university police officers like Jaycee Dugard needed to rescue her and her children. Whatever the case may be, sometimes it is okay to mind other people’s business. It is okay to ask questions. It is okay to be nosy. It is okay to not just give people the benefit of the doubt.
Some captors are total scumbags to everyone that they meet especially their victims. Other captors are nice, friendly people who are well-liked by most everyone in the community. Just because someone seems nice does not mean that they are. Also, some people get a bad rap for being in a bad mood. If your instinct tells you that something is just not right, say something. It is true that it is not good to live your life paranoid and suspicious all the time. That does not help either. However, be aware of everyone and everything around you.
Jaycee Dugard’s memoir has hopefully helped her and other victims of sexual abuse, rape, and captivity get the word out about these horrifying situations. Maybe someday, these horrifying situations will not happen anymore. Until then, take care of yourselves, but also take care of each other. Trust your gut; say something!