I smiled as I listened to the little boy, an Oklahoma tornado survivor, give an account of the reunion with his dad, after the devastation, during a radio interview.
“I saw you [his father] and I just jumped, because I knew you’d catch me,” he said.
He jumped because he knew.
He jumped because he trusted.
What a beautiful image, after such a devastating tragedy—a son jumping into his daddy’s arms with abandon, without a second thought.
I love that!
And then I imagined—a different child, a boy or a girl—after a different kind of devastation saying,
“I saw you and I just told, because I knew you’d listen to me, believe me, and take action.”
The child tells because he knows.
The child tells because she trusts.
And then I smiled as I thought, If adults would begin the conversation, regarding sexual abuse, with the kids they love, more children could live life without a devastating secret.
I love that!
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