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  •  The families in Ohio are going through (9+ / 0-)

    something much different, I think.  Elizabeth Smart was missing for nine months;  the girls (now women) in Ohio were missing for TEN YEARS - enough time to come to acceptance of their daughters being dead; enough failed searches for them to have given up hope.  Even if they miraculously held on to hope that long, it had to be obvious that they had missed their daughters' turning into women - seeing them through school, learning to drive, seeing them date and fall in love, sending them off to college or into work lfe, guiding them into adulthood.

    How does one even relate to a family member who disappeared as a child and reappears as an adult?  I can't imagine the confusion, the frustration, the disorientation of just trying to communicate with each other, much less trying to wrap your head around what has happened to both the girls and the remainder of the family for the last TEN YEARS.
    It boggles the mind and tears the emotions to shreds.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue May 07, 2013 at 01:30:54 PM PDT

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