There are so many simultaneous events at present, apart from the impending midwinter festivities, that I find separation of thoughts quite difficult. Thinking of those happenings is also upsetting, but then certainly, some of them have been momentously disturbing.
The Vicki Hamilton case has now been resolved, but not without great pain to those who cared about this young girl. Baby P is in the forefront of many peoples minds. I hear that blue balloons are to be set off in his memory, nationwide, as a way of expressing mass mourning for his suffering and death at the hands of the people who had parental responsibilities for him. Shannon Matthews; she has suffered at the hands of people who were entrusted to care for her. Her mother and her mother’s relationship contacts. Fortunately, Shannon’s case has a better ending, but what damage has been done to this child, also her siblings, all of whom will be the victims of the behaviour of so-called responsible adults.
It is easy to be distracted by other delightful arrangements just now, Christmas lights, gift creation, and so on. Although I am keenly aware festivities can also be a stressful time for people. With increased hardships this year, there may be higher numbers of people feeling the pinch.