I read something rather disturbing earlier this week, involving a crime that I could not possibly fathom.
A mother was convicted and sentenced to 99 years for mutilating her two-month-old son's genital area.
She claims she was not responsible for the injuries sustained by the child, who is now two-years-old and living with relatives.
Reported is the fact that she was intoxicated after having taken a cocktail of drugs. She had prior convictions for drug use.
I don't care. Any mother who would do such a thing under any circumstance has something terribly wrong with her. Drugs do not account for her mindset when it comes to such an incredulous act.
I believe something inside of this woman was already messed up, because it is my understanding people become uninhibited from doing what deep down they desire to do once under the influence.
I don't believe drugs make a person crazy. I believe a person is already prone to do crazy things or has a deep desire to do those things in the first place, but being sober helped them keep those desires in check.
What I also can't imagine is the lifelong emotional and physical scars that will be left on this particular child.
The physical scars will be apparent. And, I feel the poor child as he grows older will be self conscious around others. There won't be any changing clothes in the locker room.
I just pray the relatives provide him with a greater sense of self-worth.
Emotionally, men often judge themselves by what physical attributes they possess. This youngster will need to learn that his character is the most important attribute he has. He will need to feel he is no less of a man than any other.
And it is my utmost prayer the young man will find a life partner who values him for who he is on the inside rather than the outside.
That is the hope we all have for our children...isn't it?