Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Yueyue passes away

The news released here.

Rest in peace sweet baby girl. Maybe your work here is just beginning.

This story has been haunting me ever since I learned of Yueyue's accident earlier this week. I'm sure many parents following this story have  thought, "that could have easily been my child." The toddler years are hard. Toddlers have mobility, but no common sense, curiosity without fear, vigor without prudence. I've had a toddler or two wander off  too. Whats more, I can remember wandering off myself when I was a little girl. I remember thinking my mom would "just know" where I was. Yueyue's mom realized her little girl was missing and did go after her - in the wrong direction. If only someone had called sooner, would that have made a difference? Could she have come sooner? We don't know.

I've watched the video so many times. Yue puts her arms out reflexively just before she is hit. Her arms move weakly around ever so gently while she is on the road, at least before she is run over again. Her shoe is knocked off. Her blood is smeared.

All day long I have been looking for updates, hoping against hope. But when her heart stopped yesterday and it took 40 minutes to resuscitate her, I knew it was a real long shot. After seven days, it all was just too much for her poor little body.

I've watched the body language of the people on the street that passed her by as well. The first young man to side step her looks so casual and nonchalant, as if he is used to seeing dying and carnage everyday. I had a cat hit on the street once and it was gruesome. I don't think I could just walk by without even a glance.

One psychologist opined that perhaps the people were so ready to let her die there because she was a girl. Baby girls have been aborted or adopted out of that country for decades. They are not valued very highly and that might have worked against Yueyue. The penalties against Good Samaritans probably hurt her too.

Bizarre Chinese laws came into play too. The first truck driver told an interviewer he knew he would have to pay a fine if she died, but if she lived, he would have to pay her medical bills which could be many times higher. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised then that he tried to finish her off by driving over her body with the rear wheels too.

After combing the internet and reading so much about this case today I just feel kind of numb with the bad news. Her mother and father and the brave woman that moved her off of the road will be in my thoughts and prayers now.
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