Family means the world to me, and there is nothing I want more.
Right now it’s important to hug your kids, nieces, nephews, friends and grandkids a little tighter. Just like every time a tragedy occurs, the community (and beyond) feel closer to the people they love.
There are no words to explain the feelings that the family of Taliyah Marsman must be feeling right now. The death of her mother Sara is horrible, but the death of an innocent 5 year old is impossible to comprehend.
How does one even become the type of monster who can rip the life from a child?
I sit here, completely removed from the situation, aside from living in the city where this child and her mother were murdered. I’m having trouble getting into sleep mode. Not because I’m directly affected by this, but because I’m disturbed that this child suffered. Angry that she was scared. Furious that she will never ride her bike again, or get hugs from her family. That she will never dance around her room singing silly songs.
When an Amber Alert is issued, people plaster it all over Facebook. Reblog it. Pin it. Instagram it. We feel helpless because in all honesty there isn’t much else we can do, other than help spread the word. That hopeless feeling, from a community wanting to do whatever they can, leaves a lot of people doing and saying stupid things. Forwarding “theories” over social media. Pointing fingers. Assigning blame. Be better than that, for Taliyah and her family.
Sometimes you forget that these victims are real people. Real families are now forever changed; ruptured in the most violent way. To most of us, it’s just a story in the news. A very sad story.
So tonight, before I go to sleep, I wanted to offer condolences to the family and friends of this little girl and her mom. I know they won’t see this, but I know they will be surrounded by comfort of family and friends. It’s the only thing I can do.
Love your little ones until your heart can’t hold anymore love.
It’s now time to let the police and courts do their job. My experiences with the Calgary Police have been very positive, and I trust they will do everything they can to bring justice to this horrific crime.
Let the family heal. Keep Taliyah and Sara in your thoughts. Farewell, little angel.