Ok, those of you that are friends with me and know me realize I'm not big on strong opinions in a public forum, but ever since I heard the story about the 2 year old little boy who lost his life to an alligator attack at Disney World, I haven't been able to shake the story from my soul. There's only about two things that I take as seriously as parenting, and that's my faith and my marriage. But there's one thing that's really troubled me of late. It's the culture of judgement. And it needs to stop. I'm sure the parents are second guessing everything they did. They tried heroically to save their little boy. And whether they made a mistake or didn't, they will have to live with this horror for the rest of their lives. They don't need us or social media reminding them of that, armchair quarterbacking what they did and didn't do, and crushing their spirit even more than already has been done. We need to lift them up in love, and help them recover. Not destroy them even more via social media. Now I'll share a story that I've never shared before, and quite frankly put out of my mind because I didn't want to think of the what if's. One time my wife and I took our kids to Chicago for a mini-vacation, and as we left the hotel, packing up the van, in all the haste of loading stuff with the hotel staff, the side door to the van was open and a huge city bus zoomed by inches from our car. Our twins were about the same age as the boy in Florida, and one of them was out of his car seat, barely inside the open door. My heart was in my throat. I always say God has a sense of humor, and even though we thought we'd have two kids, we blew through that stop sign and went from our daughter to 3 when identical twins arrived. Now we can't imagine one without the other. I shudder to even think about it, but if something would have happened that day, would it have been negligence? No. Would we have been unfit parents? No. It would have simply been a tragic accident, and trust me, we would have needed people to come alongside us. I honestly think it would have been difficult to deal with forever. So all I'm saying is think before you judge. And don't become a keyboard warrior know-it-all. Accidents happen. There's no manual for parenting, and while there are a few bad ones out there, there are a lot of us out there who are trying our hardest to raise quality young women and men, trying to keep them safe, and praying that nothing happens to them and protecting them the best we can. More love, less judgement. That's all. Now I'll go back to worrying about touchdowns, home runs and slam dunks.
My man and preseason partner on the Packers broadcasts Kevin Harlan might have the call of the year on some dude who ran onto the field during MNF! http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/kevin-harlans-play-by-play-radio-call-of-the-mnf-idiot-1786562558?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=Screengrabber_twitter Link