Since the day seemed determined to be as boring as possible, I decided to finally tackle some cleaning. Easy way to occupy a small child who's not a scared-of-the-dark wussy - get a large cardboard box, some markers & a flashlight. Give flashlight & markers to child, put box on top of them, tell them we're playing the 'cavemen cave painting' game. Booger is too young to understand the concept of games, but he still gets a good 30 minute kick out of that one.
On an optimistically inclined day, my place looks like a semi hauling clothes collided with an (unoccupied) daycare, which just fell from the sky onto a library. Then there's the kitchen & its perpetual stack of dishes. Cute "cleaning won't kill you, but its best to be safe" metaphors aside, my house is a disaster zone that isn't much improved by cleaning, since there's no real place for most of the crap. I'd love to 'donate' (aka, beat to death with a burning club) many of the Booger's obnoxious loud toys, but ah - that's a post for another day.
I always try to catch the evening news, just to try and feel some small resemblance of a connection to the outside world. A report on a man who commited suicide by drowning himself while firefighters and police looked on caught my eye, especially a clip of his mother asking why no one attempted to rescue him. There's two reasons given they didn't attempt to haul him out of the ocean (he was in the water for around an hour before purposefully drowning himself) or even try to communicate with the man. First, the funding for water rescue training was cut a few years back; however, it's not stated if these officers had received that training or not. Secondly, officers stated they feared the man would be hostile to any assistance; however, this doesn't excuse not speaking to the man, in my opinion. Both these reasons do not explain why when the body floated back to shore in the waves, none of the officials made any attempt to retrieve it and attempt to resuscitate the man. A bystander was the one to pull it from the water.
So many elements are tangled up in this story - should suicide attempters be 'victims', are budget cuts to rescue workers a good idea, what happened to 'good Samaritans', & so on. To keep myself from being too verbose tonight - assisted suicide should be allowed, mentally ill people attempting to hurt themselves should be safely restrained if at all possible, budget cuts should be made in tax breaks to companies posting billion dollar profits, & good Samaritans no longer exist in a society so suffocated by fear.
Have a good night (or morning), and tell your loved ones you love them, as much as possible in the short time we have.