It’s Christmas Eve and as we prepare for the excitement and joyous time spent with family and loved ones, I can’t help but think of all the children who will not enjoy Christmas this year. The Newtown, Connecticut shooting has left a gaping hole in the heart of the nation and we grieve for those families who planned funerals instead of preparing Christmas activities and plans. Like the tragic loss in Connecticut, Florida has lost many children who will be missed this Christmas. Haleigh Cummings, Sabrina Aisenberg, Jessica Lunsford, Adam Walsh, Zachary Bernhardt, Jennifer Martilez, Trenton Duckett and Caylee Anthony. For all those who remember children who are missing or departed this world far too soon, Christmas is bittersweet. Caylee Anthony would be 7-years-old this Christmas.
Caylee Anthony only celebrated two Christmases during her short life. If she were still with us, she’d most likely celebrate with Barbies, Furbies, educational toys, and more. Her case continues to cause sorrow for many in Florida and throughout the nation, as some feel there was never a true and certain resolution. Some who felt deeply touched by the little girl with the big, hazel eyes will add a purple ornament to their tree in her memory. While Caylee’s story ripped the nation with grief, outrage and a cry for justice, there are countless other children who are missing or murdered. Their families will approach Christmas with broken hearts and wounded spirits as they try to move forward in life without their children.
There is no word on what the Anthonys plan to do for Christmas, or if they will reunite with Casey Anthony for the holiday.
Earlier this year, in March 2012, media reported that Lee Anthony, Casey Anthony’s brother, married his longtime girlfriend Mallory Parker. Reports stated the couple married in an undisclosed location, however Casey Anthony did not attend. It is unclear how media reports know for certain that Casey was not present for the wedding.
One thing we do know for certain, is that Caylee Anthony was not present. Caylee Anthony would have most likely been the flower girl at her uncle’s wedding. At 6 ½ years old, the age she would have been in March 2012, Caylee would have been darling in the wedding party. Caylee and other missing and murdered children nationwide may be gone, but they are never truly forgotten. While some continue to go through life never thinking about those who’ve departed, others remember them continually. In some aspects, strangers become like family members, grieving for the loss of children.
Their absences leave an indelible emptiness in the hearts of those who love and care for them.
Please take a moment to remember Caylee Anthony this Christmas, as well as other children who are missing or murdered, such as the 20 children who lost their lives on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Consider ways you can make this world a better place, in honor of their memory.
Merry Christmas Caylee Anthony. We will never forget you.