5. The evidence points to Mark as a suspect. He claims he’s innocent. What does Emma see on the news that changes everything? How would you react? Would you call the police?
I've given this a lot of thought and even discussed it with "Book Buddy Donna," my best friend. I have decided that I would have to talk it over with my child first. At the very least, I think I would have talked to a lawyer before putting my child into the hands of the system or, as Emma presumed, a policeman. On the other hand, I remember talking with my children about drugs one day, probably when they were in their early teens. One of them turned to me, with the eyes of all three looking at me, and said, "If you caught us with drugs, you'd turn us in, wouldn't you?" I immediately said, "Yes." But decades later I am still thinking about it. What would I have done, really?
My reasoning then -- and every time I have explained it to others (and myself) since then -- was that "Yes" was the only possible answer. If I had hemmed and hawed and said, "Well, I don't know," then I might as well have said, "You go right ahead and experiment with all the drugs you please." As long as my children thought I was absolutely, positively against it, I hoped they would think twice before trying it. As far as I know, they left the stuff alone. Or if any of them tried anything at all, they kept it well hidden.
Emma, of course, was faced with the dilemma of whether her son could have committed murder. In her (fictional) case, it wasn't a matter of stating what she WOULD do, but of deciding what she MUST do. She knew without a doubt that Jacob had been there, that he had wrapped the victim in his own multi-colored quilt. Was she afraid that he HAD killed her? Whether she thought it could have been by accident or not, she had to have wondered.
On the other hand, she obviously came to regret doing it the way she did. Emma was more trusting of Rich than she should have been, and even she could see that later. What do you think would have been the best way to handle this situation? Yes, we can use hindsight here, so what do you think?
HR ~ third set of DQs