But i do have two daughters of my own, and they'll turn 16 and 21 this summer. And i admit there is always a half second of wondering, when the phone rings, what kind of totally unanticipated trouble is awaiting when i answer it.
Fortunately, it's more often someone calling from DiscoverCard wanting to know why i haven't taken advantage of their latest 5.99% offer than it is the police or the US Customs department to tell me my daughter has been picked up in Tel Aviv on her way to meet someone she's met online and who she's planning to spend the rest of her life with.
I have no idea how i'd react if i did get that call. But i don't think it would be like this.
(Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark) Reene said that in court, Lester had a positive attitude and appeared to be receptive to the efforts to help her. Counselors will explain to her the impact of leaving the country and talk about the different culture she would face in the West Bank, Reene said.
"There are so many things she needs to fully understand," he said. "We want to take every available step to inform her, give her the opportunity to make the best decision."
And i'd sure appreciate it if someone like Mark Reene would let me know clearly what he was doing, instead of using all of that bullshit happy talk code for what is more than likely just plain old brainwashing.