One day last week, on a whim, I decided to Google the name of a girl I used to babysit when I was a teenager. At the time, her parents were good friends with my parents. Obviously a lot has happened and changed since then.
That girl is now 20 and on February 11, just a few weeks before I decided to look her up, she was arrested and charged with no less than seven different offenses related to drugs and burglary. I'm not sure what to make of this information, but I know it makes me want to cry. And it scares me.
I know, well.....knew, this girl's parents fairly well. They were your average, middle class family. They had their issues of course, as all people (and parents) do, but they loved their kids and wanted the best for them.
I remember sitting in the back seat of a mini van while my mother and the pregnant mother of this as of yet unborn girl discussed baby names. I remember hearing the name of this unborn baby and thinking it was unusual. But pretty. Now that girl's name is just another one on a police blotter.
How does this happen? How do you go from having a beautiful baby, to just another lowlife booked into the county jail? How can I make sure it doesn't happen to my kids?