Last night I watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jaycee Dugard, who was violently ripped from her family at age 11 and found 18 years later. One can easily feel the range and depth of hate, outrage, shock, and bewilderment of the mother, but more riveting than the reality horror show of two monsters preying on children to feed their narcissism was the child’s victorious spirit! “Living well is the best revenge,” it has been said, but few adults practice that wisdom. An 11-year-old girl, now in her early 30s and the mother of two daughters she gave birth to at age 14 and 17 while enslaved and terrorized, demonstrates this better than anyone! She will not allow the monsters to devour one more morsel of her identity or rob her of one more minute of happiness. She will not spend her time getting even in noble ways, such as championing a cause that should have been championed by the police who were grossly negligent of their duty to monitor a convicted child rapist who was on parole during the entire 18 years he kept Jaycee locked in his back yard. Even during her captivity, she spent her lonely thousands upon thousands of hours befriending spiders and stray kittens, journaling, and dreaming of seeing her mom again.Jaycee is a remarkable woman whose attitude about surviving child rape and extreme isolation is a profound inspiration! I hope her mother will follow her example, and let the system correct itself. She already lost enough time and joy with her daughter.
It is highly unlikely that the reader has ever experienced anything close to the horror and losses dealt this child. Learn from her! Read her memoir:
Carma Chan rarely blogs. Jaycee’s triumph deserves recognition and is worthy of mention!