Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Young hero

I'm loathe to add to the publicity on this story, because I think it will be best for the boy if he not get the celebrity treatment, but this 6 year old is a hero:
In the chaos that was Causeway Boulevard, this group of refugees stood out: a 6-year-old boy walking down the road, holding a 5-month-old, surrounded by five toddlers who followed him around as if he were their leader.

They were holding hands. Three of the children were about 2 years old, and one was wearing only diapers. A 3-year-old girl, who wore colorful barrettes on the ends of her braids, had her 14-month-old brother in tow. The 6-year-old spoke for all of them, and he told rescuers his name was Deamonte Love.
That is a young boy we should all be proud of. It opens up a whole new can of questions, though. Like, where are the parents of these children? Hopefully all of their parents are alive. But it is difficult to fathom how a parent could allow themselves to be seperated from their children in a situation like this. A couple of posts below this one, I established my position that you take care of your pets in a disaster but you don't risk your life for them. When it comes to your children, their life should come before everything else, and allowing yourself to be seperated from them is unfathomable. Luckily for these kids, they had Deamonte.

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