It happens every so often, that I will stumble upon a blog and it feels like someone has pulled my heart straight out of my chest.
This beautiful little girl is Gretta Claire Wyman.
Gretta died last September, at the age of two, when she was caught in the cord of a window blind. One minute she is excitedly playing on the couch waiting to go see horses for the first time. The next minute ... she's gone.
There are absolutely no words to describe the horror surrounding this kind of accident. There are absolutely no words to describe the grief that this family is feeling. This is a link to Gretta's mother's blog. If you feel so inclined, please drop by and offer her your condolences and words of support. What she is going through right now is unfathomable.
And then, please go check out this link regarding window blind safety.
A child dies every two weeks from strangulation on corded window treatments and children as old as 12 have been strangled. Much like we bolted all of our heavy furniture to the walls after reading this story, we've recently pulled down the blinds in our children's bedrooms and have opted to have curtains up, instead.
My heart absolutely breaks for any family that suffers the loss of a child. But I firmly believe that whenever something tragic occurs, it is so important to spread the word on the accident in an effort to inform and hopefully, protect others.
One child dies every two weeks from corded blind accidents.
That's one child too many.