Czech Culture & Adaptation Multicultural Family

The unforeseen disaster

May 14, 2010
Pedestrian crosswalk

Photo by Cyber Kristiyan/

Coping with unexpected adversity while living abroad.

Every parent’s worst nightmare is having a disaster afflict a child. The feelings of frustration and helplessness are only compounded when such an unforeseen event seems particularly senseless or preventable. This past week a traffic accident brought these feelings close to home. One of my son Oliver’s good friends, a nearly-three-year-old Czech/American boy with a sweet demeanor and a mischievous smile was struck by a car while his mom pushed him in a stroller through a crosswalk while taking his sister to school.

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