In keeping with yesterday’s theme that “everything happens for a reason”, I realized that my current circumstance is not nearly as hard and difficult as a mother losing her child especially to suicide. This was put into perspective for me after watching Extreme Makeover : Home Edition featuring single mom, Sirdeaner Walker, whose 11 year son took his own life after being bullied at school. Notwithstanding my increasing pregnancy hormones, I watched the entire episode through tears streaming down my face. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain this mother and her family had to endure after finding Carl lifeless in the family home.
Instead of letting this heartbreak defeat her, Siredeaner Walker has dedicated her life to an anti-bullying movement in tribute to her son. It is through sharing her tragedy that she has been able to spread the inspirational message to others about standing together against bullying. It is not easy to see the reason behind Carl’s tragic death but unfortunately his story is not unique. Bullying in our schools is fast becoming a nationwide epidemic. This alarming awareness should gives us all pause to stop and OWN up to not only our actions but also our words.