Thursday, May 12, 2011

Random Thoughts On A Thursday

* Alaina Giordano--this North Carolina mom recently lost custody of her 11 year old daughter and almost 6 year old son to their father. The reason? She has stage 4 cancer, and the judge said "Since we don't know how long the mother has to live, it is in the best interests of the children to live with their father." Do ANY of us know how long we have to live, for pete's sake? And to compound the pain, Dad lives in Illinois, which is going to make it nearly impossible for mom and children to spend time together in whatever time she DOES have. Why not leave the children with Mom, where they've been their whole lives, with liberal visitation for Dad, at least until Mom gets to a point where she's not able to care for them? In my opinion, they deserve to have that time with their mother while they still can!

* Gaby Rodriguez--17 yr old girl in Washington State, she pretended to be pregnant for six and a half months, as her senior project. Her mother, boyfriend and principal knew what she was doing, but most of the world was in the dark. She's an aspiring social worker, and she felt that knowing first hand how a pregnant teen feels and is treated would help her in the future. She also said that she chose this project because of the high pregnancy rate among Latino teens. Her announcement that the pregnancy had been a fake was met with a standing ovation from the entire school. I think it was a great idea, and that it took a lot of strength and courage to follow through for that long. I also think it's cute that she chose to reveal the truth in time to be able to go to prom in a tight fitting dress! :) Hope she gets an A on her project, has a great time at prom, and a wonderful career as a social worker.

* Speaking of prom brings us to James Tate, a high school senior from Shelton, Connecticut. James, with the help of two friends, posted 12 inch high cardboard letters outside the school's main entrance where they were seen by everyone last Friday morning. The message was this: "Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to the prom with me? HMU -Tate." HMU means hit me up, or call me. Sonali said yes (YAY!), but James and his two friends got a one day in school suspension (works for me) and BANNED from attending prom (BOO!!!). According to the headmaster of the school, the boys were trespassing and the sign constituted a safety hazard. Come on, now? Can't people recognize a romantic gesture anymore? And, as someone else has said this morning, at least he was smart enough to use removable letters instead of spraying his message on the side of the building! Here's hoping that the powers that be change their minds and let James and Sonali go to their prom.

* Casey Anthony--jury selection is still continuing even as I type, making this day 4. After watching a few boring hours on Monday, I decided to let it go until the actual trial starts, so I missed all the excitement on Tuesday. Apparently, a possible witness for the defense was called in as a potential juror, and spoke to several other potential jurors about details of the case. The judge was forced to dismiss her and 50 other potential jurors as tainted. So the trial has become something of a circus before it even officially starts...can't wait to see what ELSE is going to happen!!

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