When the kids are little we spend an enormous amount of time convincing them and re-assuring ourselves that there is no such thing as a boogey-man.
Kid in tow we triumphantly open the closet doors, check under the bed and with complete confidence look behind the bedroom curtains.
Flash forward 15 years. Daughter is in her first apartment. Son is off to college. They are confident and intoxicated with the youthful notion that they are invincible. Nothing bad will ever happen to them. Maybe someone else but not them.
Now it's time to fess up. After years perpetuating the "there is no boogey-man mantra," out of our own fears and watching the news we have to say that there is in fact many boogey-men.
There are rapist, killers, freaks, druggies, robbers, fire bugs, criminals, sex offenders of all kinds and many other things that go bump in the night. All boogey men, all capable of inflicting harm, mutilation, and death. The boogey-man is real!
Please be careful. Never approach a vehicle alone, lock your door, stay alert, check in with the ole parents often, never have a first date in unfamiliar territory and let people know where and who you are with.
Are you afraid for your 20 something children and grand children? What do you tell them to make them believers of the dangers of this world?