Last night Renaissance Man and I attended the annual CASA (Court Appointed Advocates for Children) banquet, and I officially checked the “I want to be a CASA volunteer” box on the contribution card. God help me. I have so much to learn… about the courts, children’s realities, myself.
We heard numbers:
- 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S.
- 86 children in our two-county region have received CASAs
- 50 CASA volunteers needed in our region; we had 10
I guess now we need 39 more…
Last night Renaissance Man and I returned home to a disturbing phone message:
THIS IS A LOST PET AMBER ALERT. On February 18, your neighbor, Jennifer, lost “Carson” – a Rottweiler/Doberman mix. If you find him, please call XXX-XXX-XXXX or visit www.PetAmberAlert.com
We looked at the phone in disbelief – then anger. Really? You just took an acceptable “lost pet” message and elevated it to an AMBER ALERT?
For those of you readers in other countries, here’s the definition (and origin) of the AMBER ALERT:
So why is it okay to use those “sacred words” in connection with a lost pet?
- Last week for Valentine’s Day, Americans spent approximately 850 MILLION dollars on their pets.
Pets again… elevated to “child” status. God help us.
When did we start treating our pets as children …
and our children as animals?