(Quote) Ray-566531 said:
I thought this was already history, but I'll add a couple of comments.
First of all, to all those who are following this thread, Marian and I are fine, and we each have a better understanding of what was said. My initial posts were serious, and if people read those, they would realize that I wasn't taking the child's situation lightly. Many people don't quite understand the dynamics of humor in dire situations. It is a form of stress relief, and can actually be helpful in finding solutions to problems.
To say I was insensitive to the child wasn't accurate, but if one were to read and isolate only the later comments, the wrong conclusion could be drawn. That would be an inaccurate assumption.
Perhaps it would help if people were aware that I served as a reserve police officer for 28 years, and had come upon many situations that aren't imaginable by most people. We have a choice of taking these experiences home with us, overthinking them, and burning out rapidly. Or....as is common, involve humor as one contribution toward stress relief. Law enforcement isn't the only profession that does this. Doctors, social workers, and many others face these problems daily. That was the point I was trying to make, and it seems to have been misunderstood.
I think if you will follow my post history, you'll find a great deal of empathy being shown for people in problematic situations, along with attempted help, both in the fora and privately. A considerable amount of time is devoted to this -- more than anyone knows.