Reflections of James Halpin
March 31, 2008
Since the day our son Corey died I've been wanting to write. I've written reflections off and on since 2000. It's been my way of making sense of this world we live in. It's just hard to make sense of Corey's death. I've written one other reflection but something draws me back to this topic.
But how do you make sense of a tragic accident. It's one thing to have been sick and die from the illness. In that sense you can be somewhat prepared. I look back to what I could've done differently.
Even going as far back to before Corey was born. When we bought that dresser. I didn't like it. The reason being was not being able to put locks on the drawer that would take Corey's life. But there's nothing that I can do about the past. But use what happened to protect other children. I'm not sure where to start, but children's furniture needs to change. If manufacturers are going to make dressers in such a way that you can't install safety clips they need to do it themselves. But why stop there? They should automatically put safety locks on the drawers and while they're at it include safety straps with furniture for extra measure.
Thousands of children, not just toddlers, are being killed or injured badly each year from falling furniture. This doesn't include the near-misses. The best place I can think of starting is for everyone to write their State Representative. Then forward this reflection to everyone in their address book that they too would write. The safety standards needs to be be stricter. March 31st will always be a day that we will all remember sadly.
However let's work together so that in the midst of this tragedy something good may come