Momlogic's Andrea: It doesn't seem possible. I watched. I waited. We all did. Maybe one of the sightings in Florida really was Caylee. Maybe, just maybe, Casey Anthony isn't lying and Caylee is in the care of her Nanny Zanni. It couldn't be that she's really gone. Not Caylee.
But D.N.A. doesn't lie. Even if we can will our mind to ignore the obvious truths.
This story of Caylee Anthony, which I have been following closely for momlogic, has had an enormous impact on me. I have a daughter, the same age as Caylee. People often remark how much they look alike (but don't all little girls resemble each other -- all little kids for that matter?). They all love to play, to look at picture books, to mug for the camera. Caylee touched so many because she was "every toddler."
And now she's no longer with us
It took a while for it to sink in. The announcement was made last week, her little body identified. Yet, when I look over at my daughter happily clutching her doll -- the one so similar to the one Caylee holds in her car seat -- I want to believe she's still here. Still laughing, smiling and delighting her doting grandparents. The hardest thing to bear, in all the pictures of her we've seen on the endless news coverage, Caylee looks like a little girl loved. At least for a time.
Our instincts to protect children couldn't save Caylee. We can only watch the horrific story unfold and look into Casey Anthony's cold eyes and wonder.
It's now time to say goodbye to Caylee -- and to hold our own children tighter than ever.