The news is good: Abby Sunderland has been found alive in the Indian Ocean. Thirty-foot waves had pummeled her boat, which no longer has a mast, but the vessel is still seaworthy. A trio of ships is heading out to rescue her.
Abby is the 16-year-old local girl who set sail back in January, in hope of becoming the youngest person to complete a solo sail around the world. Her family lost contact with her in the middle of a satellite phone call, and her actual location was unknown.
I cannot imagine the anguish her parents must have felt while she was missing. Then again, I cannot imagine allowing my kid to embark on such a journey in the first place.
It's only been a couple of years since I've allowed my daughter to enter a public restroom on her own. Until recently, she had never walked up to worker at Baskin-Robbins to order her own ice cream cone. She has never walked to school on her own, nor has she ever ridden a bike to a friend's house. These are things I did all the time when I was a lot younger than she.