Today I wake up my very excited 5 year old son who is going to the Statue of Liberty with his Summer Camp. I pack his snack and give him a few dollars for a souvenir or a snack while on the trip. As we are about to leave the house, my husband tells him, "If you get lost from your camp, you find a policeman in uniform and ask him for help." At this moment, my stomach dropped and tried to keep a poker face. All these thoughts start flooding my mind that I do not even want to fathom are imaginable. Needless to say we spend the car ride talking about staying with the camp counselor and if we get lost, we know our camp name, our address, etc.
Apparently, abduction of this nature is extremely rare in NYC. My issue is that IT HAPPENED! It shouldn't be rare, it should NOT EVER HAPPEN. As a mom however, I need to remember that it did happen. In little 9 year old Leiby's memory, I will hold my children just a little tighter today and every day going forward.
Rest In Peace Leiby Kletzky and Caylee Anthony.