In a perfect world, people would be equal. They would defer to one another when making decisions, respecting choices, thoughts, beliefs.
In a perfect world, we would have no need for bombs, guns, prisons or fear. There would be an Iraq, but it would be a place on a map, not a symbol of death, tyranny and strife.
In a perfect world, we would shed only tears of joy, not of hate, anger or pain.
In a perfect world, all the world's children would be wanted, cherished, treasured and protected, never knowing neglect, abuse or terror.
But our world is not perfect. And with each day that passes, we find out just how far from perfect we, and it, truly are.
Today's reminder came in the form of two small children, lives not nearly begun, taken in a way that can only be described as horrific.
Thursday, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Tonya Vasilev, brutally attacked, and attacked, and attacked and attacked her nine year old son and three year old daughter. Each of their small bodies had over 200 stab wounds a piece.
200 stab wounds a piece.
I could not help the tears that began to flow when I first read this. All I could think and all I keep thinking is that sometime yesterday while I was doing laundry or eating lunch or buying toilet paper at WalMart, these two children were fighting for their lives.
And they did.
According to preliminary autopsy reports, these precious children both have defense injuries, showing they tried in vain to save themselves from the attack.
And how much more horrible was their death, looking into the face of their mother, who as they screamed in pain and begged her to stop, betrayed the most sacred gift a child gives an adult - trust - and kept right on stabbing them over and over until there was nothing left but silence.
The world is not perfect - I KNOW this. But somehow, despite how completely f*cked up we adults are towards one another, children should never be the victims of our hate, our insanity, our violence, our neglect, our inability to do the right thing.
There has been no reason given, as yet, for the killings. What reason could there possibly be? "Reason" implies justification and there is absolutely no way to justify a slaughter of this magnitude. But we all know what legal term is in the offing: Temporary Insanity. In this imperfect world, lawyers have the perfect "out" for anyone who behaves so badly.
I don't want to hear this anymore. I don't want to hear stories of "voices" in someone's head, of "God" telling them to do something, of "blacking out" and not knowing what they were doing. I don't want to hear from this woman's neighbors that she was a "normal, decent person - a good mother".
These children were stabbed over 400 times. Somewhere after the first scream, a normal, decent person would know they were doing something incredibly wrong.
I'm tired of excuses. I'm tired of plea bargaining. I'm tired of watching parents who abuse or kill their children get treated better than the child ever was.
In a perfect world, these two children would still be alive. But since this imperfect world is left to deal with their imperfect mother, may I suggest an imperfect punishment?
400 stab wounds.
I imagine somewhere between her first scream and her last, she might finally get a perfect idea of what she did.