I haven't posted in a few days as I couldn't really bring myself to do something so trivial when there is a little baby girl missing out there. It is really really affecting me. I have a baby girl the same age as Madeline and every time I look at her I pick her up and hug her and am so thankful it wasn't me. That little girl has not been out of my mind since this happened. I feel physically (spl??) sick every time I think of what could have and be happening to that poor doteín.
I'm not going to get into playing the blame game, but I cannot believe that 2 parents with I would assume reasonable intelliegence since they both went through med. school would leave 3 small children alone in an apartment in a foreign country. (And for the record, I don't care if they were 50 yards away, those kids were alone in an apartment) I have been on holiday with my children. They NEVER left my sight. If they were too tired and cranky to bring to a restaraunt we ate in. But to us, there was no other option. It didn't even cross our minds to get a resort babysitter, never mind leave them alone.
I'm not banging the parents, I'm sure they are doing that enough themselves, but I just can't believe they left them alone.
Maddy is in my thoughts and prayers tonight as I'm sure she is in yours. Please God, bring her home safe.
Sorry about that rant, it's been building up all weekend (I'm sure you all understand)
Well Jerry came home Saturday after working all week in Athlone so I didn't get a look in with Leah 'till I tried to leave the house! We went for dinner in Barna in the new hotel called "Twelve" (the old Twelve Pins) on Sunday and to be honest we won't be going back there. The service was great (parking is sh*te) the restaurant is fantastic (the food is la-de-da) Put it this way, I wouldn't bring my Dad for a slap up meal there (By that I mean he's a big man who likes his food........we nearly stopped at a chipper on the way home but it was closed.....)
To make up for it we went to Spiddal with the kids on Bank holiday Monday for dinner. Leah wouldn't sit still for a second, wouldn't eat her dinner and kept climbing over the table to get to Daddy. We didn't have dessert.
I have spent all weekend playing with Leah and Cathal even when I should be putting them to sleep. I spent hours colouring in pictures WITH Leah tonight instead of letting her get on with it while I'd try to tackle the housework. I spent time with Cathal asking about his day and what he'd like to do in the Summer holidays. I found myself looking at them in a whole new light. "You're not just mine, but anyone who takes a fancy to you"
Mothers, hold your children tight, smell them, touch them, cuddle them, whisper to them when they are asleep, take every opportunity you have to tell them you love them. Love them and never forget how lucky YOU are to have THEM in your life.
My prayers tonight are with Darragh (my friend) and with Madeline, and Madelines family, with the Portoguese Police. PLEASE BRING HER HOME.