Remembering Madeleine McCann
I can feel my hear thumping in my chest as I start writing this hub. I made a mental note a few weeks back to write a hub about our missing children. I wasn' t sure whether to call the hub "Our lost children" or "remembering our missing children". I thought about Madeleine McCann. I have never forgotten about her. I remember when the news of her abduction first screamed in the news headlines. I shuddered at the thought of another missing child. I kept asking myself all sorts of questions and could only think of horrible answers because of the kind of world we are living in today - evil and no love for innocent children. I'm sure the kind of questions that came to mind were bugging other people as well . The question of why anyone would want to abduct an innocent four year old who was sound asleep in the comfort of her bed kept resonating in my mind. Why? What possesses people to be so sick in the head and mind to want to do such horrible things? It's true she is not my child, but the loss of a child is a harrowing thought. Not knowing what has or is happening to your abducted child is a nightmare beyond description.
I remember hoping and praying when the news first hit the headlines that she will be found sooner than later. It sounds horrible to say this, but as the days turned into weeks, months and a year or two later, I thought even if her body is found, her parents will have some kind of closure and peace. I only say that because I was desperate for her parents to find peace and to be in the know of what had happened to their daughter. At least they would be able to lay her body to rest with the saints and angels I kept telling myself. Not knowing what has happened to your child much more a little four year old is frightening. All sorts of scary thoughts run through your mind, none your fault, but because we live in a society where a lot of sick people with sick minds are on the prowl.
I sound like I'm rambling on and on, so before I continue, if you have not heard about the harrowing story of a precious little girl called Madeleine McCann, then here it is. Madeleine McCann was abducted from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz in Portugal four years ago, where she was staying with her parents and twin siblings. The reality is its a true story of the abduction of an innocent little girl, which is every parent's worst nightmare.
I'm just typing what comes to my mind without any thought to finesse, plan or structure. This is just what I feel, that this is a small contribution that I can make to bring awareness to the fact that this adorable child is still missing and her parents are having to live with memories and a wonder of what life would have been like if she had been with them for the past four years.
My oldest asks me from time to time if Madeleine is still alive. I always tell him to say a prayer for Madeleine and her family. He understands what is going on because he was eight at the time and the news of her disappearance was everywhere in the media. Her parents were suspects in her disappearance which I think was unbelievable, but thats the law enforcers for you, the closest possible person is always a suspect if there isn't enough evidence to go by. I cannot begin to imagine the pain, the fear, dread and sickness that filled the pit of their stomachs as the days unfolded from one nightmarish event to the other. The dread and icy cold fear of not knowing what has happened to your child. The bottomless pit of unanswered whys or the endless string of "what ifs" or "had I known".
Madeleine was eight years on the 12th of May. I say was, not would have been because by using positive language, I know there is a greater chance of her being found.
I have been reading a feature in the Sun newspaper on a world exclusive interview with Madeleine's parentns Kate and Gerry McCann by Antonella Lazzeri and Oliver Harvey. I was not able to continue reading because I started to cry as I read the following lines " For the first time since she went missing, Kate McCann opened the door to Madeleine's pretty pink bedroom at their home and peeped in. Dolls and teddies still lay where the little girl had left them" Kate said " I could see her, in bed, looking at me, her blonde hair on the pillow, saying, "Lie with me, Mummy, Lie with me." These lines did it for me. I felt myself crumble as the tears streaked down my face. All I could think of was the unimaginable pain that Kate and Gerry must be going through. No I cannot begin to fathom what Madeleine's parents are going through mentally and physically, not to mention her twin siblings who live through each day knowing that their sister was taken by "the naughty man", but not knowing when they will see her again. Its a scary thought, not to know what has happened to your missing child. Its every parents nightmare.
I finally read on and I liked the fact that Gerry describes the personality of Madeleine in the present tense. He says of her in the feature "She has a very obvious sense of humour", that brings a smile to my tear stained face. He goes on to say "She is very gregarious...and she enjoys speaking to people". It signifies hope and faith, not to mention the unbelievable courage and strengthy that Kate and Gerry have.
Kate and Gerry are strong and united in their hunt for their abducted daughter. I know that I am praying together with thousand others that the lengths and efforts that Kate and Gerry are making to find their missing Madeleine will not be in vain.
As I publish this hub, I entreat that if you make a 'pit stop' to read it, please join me to say a silent prayer for Little Madeleine and all our missing children all over the world. Let us pray that wherever they are may their Guardian Angels watch over them and mend their little souls.
Madeleine, I don't know you in person, but I know you as an adorable loving child who is dearly missed by two wonderful parents and loving siblings.Together with thousand others, I pray and hope for your safe return to the loving bossom of your family, who cannot wait to hold you in their arms again.
Happy Birthday Madeleine. With love from PK2010.
- BBC News - Met Police 'bring expertise' to Madeleine McCann search
Scotland Yard will "bring their expertise" to the search for missing Madeleine McCann, the Home Office says.
- Hunt for Madeleine McCann: the next chapter - Telegraph
With funds dwindling and the trail gone cold, Kate McCann has written a hard-hitting book about the search for her daughter, reports Robert Mendick