Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cho Seung-Hui's Parents

It just occured to me, while I was watching the coverage of the Memorial Service of the Virginia Tech victims...what must the parents of Cho Seung-Hui be going through?

If you are a parent...can you imagine the horror of knowing that the child you brought forth into the world some years ago...the child who, no doubt, brought you countless hours of laughter, happiness and joy...the child you watched grow up and for which you had dreams of greatness...the child you lifted on your shoulders, tickled before bedtime...the child who was once a symbol of hope, the future and possibility...now stands as a symobl of such misery and horror that his actions are deemed the worst shooting tragedy in American history.

Because of the child you brought into the world...the President of the United States is making a speech about 32 young people dead. Your child killed them.

Because of the child you brought into the world...a new page of indelible tragic history will never be forgotten. Your child wrote that page...and his face will always be associated with death and misery.

How could you ever celebrate the birth of your child again? How could you keep out photos of him as a smiling, laughing baby, understanding that those photos represent a brief time when his life would ultimately apex in a crazed moment of murderous outrage, outdone by any criminal before him?

How could you do anything...but now wish to God that he was never, ever born.

Think about it.

As a parent, I can't imagine how difficult that must be. So, my heart goes out to them, as well as the victims.

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