Day 29: a mother’s love

I know this woman, Regina. She is the embodiment of strength, grace, and beauty. Regina has always displayed undying love and affection for her children and grandchildren. Back in October, one of Regina’s daughter’s went missing.

For months, Regina and her family campaigned for her daughter to be found and returned home. To endure each passing day without any knowledge of your child’s whereabouts or condition must have been torturous… I can’t imagine the pain Regina and her family have been going through. Regina is a Wonder Woman. Throughout this entire ordeal, she has continued to carry herself with dignity, strength, and grace.

The remains of Monica Elaine Sykes were found in Kinloch last month. The news broke this morning. Monica was as beautiful and vibrant as her mother. She was only 25 years old.

As a mother, I cannot even imagine how Regina has maintained her strength over the course of these past five months. I hold her in such high regard. I live in a constant stated of worry and repressed panic. Since Girl Child is, for the most part, nonverbal I am always worried about what could happen to her. I do my best to teach her how to protect herself and will continue to do so as she grows older.

The world is a terrifying place.

As a program manager of a center for adults with disabilities, I created a curriculum that covered these kinds of topics: relationships, safety, friendships, strangers, etc. It is so important that our loved ones with disabilities are taught specifically about abuse, neglect, and how to say NO, HELP!

Thinking of Monica Sykes, she was a beautiful girl. She was very petite – 4’11” and I believe a little less than 100lbs. She was intelligent and very capable. Unfortunately, she got caught up in an unfortunate situation. I’m hoping the family will receive more answers and insight soon so they can have some closure. I’m beyond certain, though, that Monica knew how to defend herself. Knowing Regina, she taught her daughter how to be strong, to say NO, HELP, and fight her way out of situations. Sometimes evil prevails over good.

We can all learn from this. Teach your loved ones how to stay safe. It may be uncomfortable to have those conversations, to talk about the evils and dangers of this world, but we have to be open and honest with one another in order to be prepared.

Talk about abuse. Talk about neglect. Talk about sexual predators, corruption, and liars. Talk about being taken advantage of, natural disasters, and being hurt. Most importantly, talk about what you should do to protect yourself and stay safe.

Today, I am praying for all of you who are hurting. My heart goes out to you.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Thank you for stopping by.

I am glad you exist.


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