I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page nothing but man’s failures. ~Earl Warren, quoted in Sports Illustrated, 22 July 1968

I had planned to write on a different topic this morning, but after reading an article online, I knew I had to blog about it.

The article in question?

Really ABC news? Really? You couldn’t find a better headline, or should I say you decided to choose one that would grab at the attention of people like me.

The story itself talks about the recent announcement of John Travolta and Kelly Preston pregnancy. They are expecting a new baby in November.

But instead of celebrating some good in the lives of two people who deserve a little happiness, this article talks about how bereaved parents can sometimes “replace” their lost children. Questions like, “Is it too soon?” “Why are they having this child?” The title itself implies that you have an intimate understanding of the inner workings and motivators of their family. Do you?

I know you felt like you had something here, bringing in the experts and quoting their statements on bereaved parents. But did you really have to do this? Did you really have to title an article like that? If you wonder if you missed the mark on this one, read your 140 comments at the end of the article. For once, I am on the pro side of the fence for online commenting.

As a bereaved parent myself, I send congratulations to their family as they prepare to welcome a new life. I don’t know them, but I do know as any mother knows, your child cannot be replaced. No matter how many years pass, no matter how many other children you bring into this world. The uniqueness of your creation, your baby can never be replaced.

Gone to walk this one off on the treadmill….