My dad called me tonight. After exchanging pleasantries he asked me if I'd heard of the Southern California high school student who had gone missing while running recently. Hundreds of people have been searching for her for days and today a body was found that is believed to be hers. A 30-year-old registered sex offender has been arrested in the case.
It occurred to me after I hung up to eat my dinner and watch 16 & Pregnant on MTV that Dad called because his former California high school student is now alone in big, bad New York City and he worries. I think my loving but sometimes emotionally stoic father was sad. And rightfully so. This story is heartwrenching.
I can't stop thinking about Chelsea King, whose beautiful picture I looked at earlier tonight - feeling so much sadness for her and her family and so much love for mine.
My heart goes out to her family and friends.
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