Sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing by quitting my full-time para library gig to stay at home to raise Gav, doing the part-time evening and weekend paging thing while completing school. I love being with my son – don’t get me wrong – but sometimes I feel as if I’m missing out on the doings of the library world and that I’m sitting on the sidelines looking out onto the field when I could be in the fray.
Then I read a news report over the weekend. Back in June, an Olathe day care owner, who was running it out of her home, shook a seven-month-old baby, leaving the child injured and with brain damage. The state has shut her down and she’s currently awaiting trial.
The name of the day care was Lovable Little People, which was what caught my attention: my wife and I interviewed her back before we made our decision to go part-time. So yeah: that child with Shaken Baby Syndrome could well have been mine.
How can someone be freaked out and relieved at the same time?