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On the morning of April 19th, 1995 my first born child wasn’t yet one year old.
I had never been a father before and had never experienced nor understood the emotions that one can feel about their children. But I did that day.
When I saw the picture of firefighter Chris Field rushing out of the ruins of the Federal Office building in Oklahoma City with the limp and damaged body of little Baylee Almon in his arms, I immediately began to think of the pain that Baylee’s parents were feeling and I began to weep. My eyes just started welling up as I’m writing this now.
I imagined that the little body in the firefighter’s arms was my own child and I felt so scared and hopeless and vulnerable. I’m not a particularly religious person but I prayed for Baylee and hoped that she would survive to live a happy and productive life. But she didn’t. Nor did most of the other small children who were in the building’s daycare center that day.
My daughter is about to turn 21. If she’d survived, Baylee Almon would have been in her early 20’s today. Perhaps, she would have graduated from college. Or, she might have decided to pursue another path after high school. But she never got the chance.
So, today I’ll think about Baylee Almon and try to be a better person in honor of her memory.
Boy Scouts of America was founded on February 8, 1910.
The BSA is no longer looked upon favorably by some segments of American society. However, I’m grateful that my boyhood experience as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout taught me to Be Prepared. And, even at this stage of my life, I’m still striving to be:
A few reminders which you might find helpful as your kids get prepare for some Halloween fun:
*Feed them a healthy meal before they leave the house.
*Make sure costumes are non-flammable.
*An adult should accompany elementary school-aged kids. Older kids should trick-or-treat in pairs or groups and carry a working cell phone.
*Set a curfew. Stick to it!
*Reminds kids that its hard for drivers to see them even when they can see an oncoming car.
*In neighborhoods where cars are parked on the street, remind kids to not enter the street between two parked cars.
*Trick-or-treaters should carry a flashlight, glow stick, or wear reflector tape on their costume.
*Kids should only approach homes that have lights on or a lighted display.
*For ALL trick-or-treaters, they shouldn’t eat anything until it’s been inspected by a parent.