A VOICE FOR THE CHILDREN!
I finally finished writing my first novel, Orphans of the Sahara! While I started out just wanting to write a fun adventure about children let loose in Las Vegas in 1960, a subliminal message started to emerge that I didn't expect.
My idea for the book came from a friend who told me that in the 1950’s her mother left her and her two younger siblings in their car all night while she gambled in a Las Vegas casino. Did I mention that my friend was only five at the time? After I got over my initial shock, I wondered how many more kids were abandoned in dark parking lots across Las Vegas six decades ago.
The title, Orphans of the Sahara, popped into my head instantly, but not much else. Then two years ago I started seriously plotting out my story. First off, I wanted it to be positive, not sad and depressing. My heroine, abandoned six-year old Annie’s fate does a one-eighty when she meets the Orphans of the Sahara, a society of kids in the Sahara Casino parking lot, who expose her to a night full of adventure. Set against the colorful backdrop of 1960’s Las Vegas, I wanted to tell a story about how these children overcome adversity using their spirit and resilience.
That subliminal message I mentioned came forward, as well. Leaving children in cars in 1960 wasn’t a crime. It wasn’t even controversial. Today it’s a completely different matter. Kids left in cars are dying every week because some parents just don’t get it. Children are not an afterthought.
It doesn’t help to get the message out when all the news channels talk about is the disarray of our government. Even online; one morning last week I counted twenty-seven stories about our President—good and bad—and three tragic articles about children.
Whatever side you’re on is irrelevant. I’m just tired of hearing about the Republicans and the Democrats at war with each other. I want to hear enlightening, feel-good pieces that restore my faith in our future!
This brings me to the purpose of the EDP Blog. Like the Orphans of the Sahara, I want to post stories about children that show their spirit and resilience in the face of adversity.
I also welcome your stories. They can be personal experiences, fun stories about your own kids, articles you’ve read in the newspaper or online, anything about children that puts a smile on your face when you finish reading it.
Let’s celebrate our children! Let’s give them a voice!
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MOMMY NEEDS HELP
POSTED 6:23 PM, JUNE 19, 2017, BY ED GALLEK
Child`s 911 Call Leads to Long, Frantic Search to Rescue Mother
CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has obtained 911 calls made by a 4-year-old to get help for her sick mother, and the calls show how Cleveland dispatchers spent 30 minutes on the phone with the child trying to find out where they needed to send help.
It happened last week in the city’s Lee-Harvard area. The mother was having trouble breathing and had become unresponsive.
A child told a 911 dispatcher, “Mommy needs help.” But the child didn’t know the address. Dispatchers kept asking if another grown-up was around, or if there was a piece of mail, or if the child could describe the color of the house.
As precious minutes ticked by, police worked on narrowing in on the address by trying to track the signal from the cell phone the child was using. First, the tracking got police to within a two-block range, but they still had to go door-to-door searching. A dispatcher could even be heard asking the child to flip porch lights on and off.
After 18 minutes, the phone went dead. But dispatchers called back for more than another 11 minutes. Finally, police and paramedics found the home.
They got mom to a doctor, and police praised the child. A phone recording shows an officer saying, “You did a good job. Good job, OK. Really good.”
Commander Debra Cavett oversees the Cleveland 911 center. She said, "We were able to get an estimated address within a two block range. And the longer we keep somebody on the phone, the more precise that address is." She added the dispatchers involved could relate to the child. She said, “They didn't give up. Actually, they're all mothers with young children, so they were really able to reach out to this child."
Police now plan to pay a special visit to the child to honor him and say congratulations.