I feel like the search for Madeleine McCann has been going on since I can remember. Sometimes I’d read the updates or watch the news and think…
“wow, they are going IN. They are definitely going to find her.”
Then a couple of years later there would be another update, another speculation about the circumstances of her disappearance… and I would think things like…
“Are they still going on about it? How many other children have gone missing since, that we don’t even hear about and they are still looking for the same one girl.”
“Why are the parents there, writing books when their child is still missing? Maybe they DO know what happened to her…”
Then today, something popped up on my computer about Madeleine McCann… almost 10 YEARS after her disappearance and I thought “OMG They MUST have found her!”. Sadly not. I clicked on the link and after reading he whole damn thing, the one thing that stood out to me was this:
“…a gang of European traffickers snatched the then THREE-YEAR-OLD”
And in reading that one short phrase; my ignorant, impatient, judgemental and quite frankly disgusting teenage attitude towards the whole thing changed.
I have a three-year-old daughter.
For the first time since this happened in 2007, I have a real emotional response to the case. In the smallest way, I can now relate. Just imagining if my three-year-old went missing on holiday, brings me to tears. Imagining having to cope with not knowing where she was or even if she was alive for almost 10 YEARS, hurts my chest. Imagining if I saw someone roll their eyes or heard them make a stupid comment because I was STILL looking for my missing child – well I’d probably kill them. With. My. Bare. Hands. Imagaine if someone suggested that I had something to do with the disappearance of my child. I would be broken.
If my daughter went missing, I would NEVER stop looking for her. I reckon my approach to searching would be more Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’ than Kate McCann (but who really knows how they will act until something like that actually happens?). Still, I can understand why she writes. Its therapeutic. It helps to manage our thoughts and feelings. Often, it helps others too. It raises awareness. These are all reasons why myself and so many others have blogs.
As long as the McCann’s can keep the search going for their baby girl, they should. As long as they can keep people thinking about her, seeing her face and knowing that she’s missing, they ABSOLUTELY should.