Abandon your kids, meet the Pope

June 1st, 2007 at 03:22pm Os

This is not going to be a popular opinion, however…

Frankly, I’ve had enough of the parents of Madeleine McCann. Firstly they abandon their children while they go to eat (checking in every hour hardly qualifies them for parents of the year), three year old Madeleine is abducted and hasn’t been seen since.

In other words, it’s an everyday story of really stupid parents, with some poor kid getting the worst of it. But, judging by the coverage in the media anyone would think that their parents are the second coming of jebus and shining examples of piety and good parenting.

Now, they’ve met the Pope, presumably in some way to get more leverage over their invisible sky-pixie in finding their daughter, the self-same invisible sky-pixie who let their daughter be abducted in the first place. Their non-existent sky-pixie to boot.

Don’t get me wrong, in no way would I want anyone to go through the agony of losing a child in this way, but I’ve seen precious little comment about just how irresponsible these two were in leaving their kids alone, in a hotel with creche facilities which they chose not to use, while they went out to eat.

I really hope the kid is found alive and well, though the longer this goes on the less likely this is, if similar past events are any guide.

As to her parents, life sometimes teaches you very hard lessons, and they need to learn from this one.


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  • 1. tomi  |  June 1st, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Hey O –
    I must agree with you here. I’m a mother of 3 kids under 10 & I don’t even leave them in my car to run into a dry cleaner!! I wouldn’t leave my kids in a hotel/apartment room alone were I in another room across the hall.

    It is so very sad. I think that as time passes more criticism will be raised. It just may be too soon and a little too rough to start jabbing at parents who may never see their baby again.

    However, I am a little disturbed by the official website which outlines the parents’ daily activities in Portugal. The parents seem to be continuing their “holiday” with the twins amidst the search. Perhaps that’s for the sake of the toddlers, but really… they’re toddlers!!

    I can’t say exactly what I’d do under a similar stressful situation. But more than likely than not, I’d have to be checked into a hospital for awhile.

    Certainly, I’d be unable to go to the pool or playroom with my other children. I’d be unable to take a daily run. I don’t think I’d have much enjoyable “family time” or family dinners.

    I’d be taking heavy anti-anxiety meds for sure. But everybody’s different. Maybe the parents are denying their grief for as long as possible. I just don’t think I could manage as well as they seem to be.

    Had this tragic event occurred in the US, the parents would be under much more scrutiny.

    Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know.

    I hope Madeleine is found alive & well. Even though I’m far away from that situation, I still look at the pupils of every unfamiliar little girl’s face I come across.

    And perhaps that’s the very reason no one’s turned focus on to the parents. We’re all still looking for that baby’s eyes.


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