I haven’t blogged in several weeks; a personal issue has been in the forefront for me, one I am going to share with all of you. I am asking anyone who reads this for help in the form of good thoughts, prayers for Kyle’s family and for his safe return. The more time that passes the greater the chances are that the outcome will be anything but devastating; we continue to have hope and lean on faith for strength. On November 9, Kyle Fleischmann, disappeared in Charlotte, NC a friend of our family. Kyle’s best friend, Daniel Scagnelli, turned to Facebook for help, asking friends of friends to spread the word about his disappearance. As a result hundreds of people turned out to search in Charlotte, many have joined the space, leaving comments on the site has been a comfort to his family, the outpouring of support has been incredibly valuable to them. His mother, who has cancer, underwent surgery on November 16 as well. As a parent, I cannot imagine what this family is going through, not knowing; not wanting to think the worst, yet with each passing day it is harder to believe this will have a happy ending.
If your children are of college age talk to them about the importance of being safe, young men especially I believe feel they are invincible, and are not as careful as they should be when out for an evening, regardless if they are in a city or small town. It is important to not be out late alone, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to always be thinking clearly to react to whatever situation may present itself so one is safe. As overprotective as this sounds, it is true.
So please take a moment and think of Kyle and his family, and when you are with your family today remember, never leave anyone’s company with harsh words, or thoughts, let irritations go, life can change in a heartbeat and nothing will ever be the same.
Philadelphia Inquirer article from the weekend, how Facebook is also used as a positive tool.