NH has made the news in two ways this week. The second is in a celebrity sort of way. The first is much darker.
Ashley, from Center Sandwich, NH, was sent home from Top Chef this week. She wasn't one of mom's favorites, but she also wasn't someone mom couldn't wait to see get sent home, like Mike Isabella. (Mom can honestly say she would have a LOT of fun kicking his butt if he talked to her the way he does some of the women on the show.) Mom didn't think she would end up in the top four, but mom thought Ash and Laurine would go home before she did.
The first way NH made the news was a vicious, cold hearted attack on a mother and daughter in a town only 40 minutes away from here. Four teenage boys decided to break into a house, rob it, and kill whoever was inside just because. They killed the 42 year old mother and savagely injured the 11 year old daughter, who managed to call 911 and is recovering in a Boston hospital.
They attacked with a machete and a knife. A photo of the boys on ABC news shows them with shaved heads, and portrays them as skinheads. Nowhere have they been called such by any local media.
This girl received her black belt in May. Her teacher is one of mom's favorite guest speakers at the Kenpo seminars she goes to. He is mom's studio director's student. That makes the little girl karate family. Perhaps you could say a prayer for her emotional and physical recovery. The attackers left her for dead and she may be in the hospital up to a month.
Mom doesn't mean to be dark, but this tragedy is just that, a tragedy. And mom knows that if the blogosphere is good for anything, it is sending prayers and thoughts of hope to those who need it. This little girl and her father, the whole town, really, need all the prayers and hope they can get.