6-Month-Old Baby Dies After Being Involved in Shooting

BY: - 12 Mar '13 | On the Web

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When many of us look at babies we see promise. They represent our future and for many of us parents they represent opportunity — a chance to do better and be better. We look at them and are reminded that our world, as scary as it can be, is still a beautiful place. We ooh and aah and we pray over them, our righteous seeds.

We imagine what their life will be like and as we rock them in our arms we tell them the hopes and dreams we have for them. But we don’t bury them. Yes, sometimes things happen. Children get sick, are involved in accidents or in the case of SIDS they die suddenly leaving their parents to mull over numerous questions all starting with “Why?” And yet, as devastating as that is even more heartbreaking is the story of a child, an infant, who did not die of natural causes or some sort of “freak accident.” Instead, her life was taken from her as the result of gun violence. Her story is the essence of the saying “Gone too soon.”

“Jonathan Watkins was standing on the curb on the 6500 block of South Maryland, using the front passenger seat of a minivan as a changing table, when a gunman emerged unnoticed from a gangway behind him and opened fire, hitting Watkins and his baby. It was the infant’s second brush with gun violence. Her mother, Judy Watkins, 20, was shot in the knee when she was eight months pregnant with Jonylah, less than three blocks from Monday’s shooting.”

I imagine that Jonylah Watkins is now in heaven in the arms of angels and yet as a mother –– as a human being I weep for her. As I type this I look at my 6-month-old baby soundly sleeping beside me. I think about how I wake up constantly throughout the night just to make sure she is breathing. I think about how much being a mother to my children means to me, and how each and every day I pray that God will see fit to bless us with another day. Another day to live and love. Another day in which my children are living and growing because that’s what children do.

Babies are one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. We are supposed to watch them grow all the while wondering why it is happening so fast. Today, I mourn for a little girl who never took her first step. Who never got to utter the words mama or dada, or eat her very first piece of birthday cake. I mourn for her mother who carried a baby in her womb longer than she got to hold her in her arms.

And here we are again forced to swallow a story with a tragic ending. A story that hits close to home for many of us. Here we are once again reminded of just how short life can be. For more on this story visit Ebony.com.

Hug your babies. No matter how old they are just hug them.

BMWK — What are your thoughts on this tragic story? Are your hearts broken also?

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Krishann Briscoe wrote 32 articles on this blog.

Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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8-Year-Old Boy Marries 61-Year-Old Woman to Honor Deceased Grandfather

BY: - 12 Mar '13 | Marriage

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At some point we all will or already have experienced pressure from family members to tie the knot, but you ultimately do it on your own time, right? In some cases, we actually want to do so, but the circumstances just aren’t quite right. We haven’t met the right one…finances are not right…There are tons of issues that keep us from the alter. For others, there is NOTHING that could stand in the way of marrying their love. Such is the case, for this May–December romance: Meet 8-year-old Sanele Masilela, whose dead grandfather reportedly wished for him to marry 61-year-old married mother-of-five Helen Shabangu.

Both the bride and groom are from the town of Tshwane, South Africa, and they agreed to the ceremony out of fear of divine retribution. Sanele’s family paid £500 to the bride as a dowry, and the wedding itself cost £1,000. They were able to plan the ceremony, which they admitted shocked some members of the community, in the span of only two months (It would have me that long to decide on colors.).

While some are experiencing shock and awe, others are revering this brave couple for going against the grain and upholding their ancestors’ wishes. Luckily, according to the groom’s mother, this ceremony was just for show and was in no way legally binding. The couple (for lack of a better word) have moved on with their individual lives and are both happy with their decision to have the ceremony.

BMWK — What are your thoughts on having your child participate as a child bride/groom?

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Sheree Adams wrote 117 articles on this blog.

Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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