Wednesday, July 05, 2006


There are many out there that have preconceived notions of what is right and what is wrong regarding the public Shasta Groene. I am no Child psychologist, and neither are the others that seem to always know best. My experience is as a Father of four, Grandfather of sixteen, and Great-Grandfather of three.

My memory of both my own childhood, and that of other children, including my own, is that Kids like to fantasize. Carnivals, Circus', parades, make-believe playmates.

While escapism is frowned upon in adults, it is accepted in children, even encouraged. What Shasta dreams about in the middle of the night, we'll never know. Escaping reality is sometimes healthy. The applause of the many parade watchers, waving back at them, I'm sure gives her a feeling of being loved by many.

I don't think anyone can do better than that.


Dogwalkmusings said...

One can only hope for the best for young Shasta. None, unless they have walked in her shoes, can begin to imagine what surfaces when or how. One can only pray the young lady can find her own kind of peace.

Phil said...

We've run into Shasta and her dad several times around town, and each time I'm struck by how normal the situation is... Like the other day, they were at the McDonald's Playland. We have to remember that Shasta just needs everything to be normal, and that's what her father is doing for her. Being in the parade was probably one of the more normal things she could've done. The alternative, hiding away, is not going to help her at all.

Word Tosser said...

I agree wholeheartly... in fact I had started my blog on this, after reading HBO's remarks on it... and how it reminded me of a famous man who was critized for doing the same. 50 years ago.

green libertarian said...

Good God, Herb, you're a Great-Grandfather? Well, ummm, err, congratulations.