So the police in Portugal are now making the contents of Kate McCann’s diary public. In it she says she is struggling to cope with three young children and that her husband leaves most of the housework to her. They are citing this as a possible motive for sedating, and accidentally killing, young Maddy.
Mothers do not in general sedate their children. They cope. Whenever mine get really bad I think back to what my grandfather once said: “You wouldn’t want children who just sat in a corner and did nothing, would you?”
As for the husband issue – well, this is not the first time I have heard a woman complain about her husband and it certainly won’t be the last. Mothers of young children are by definition tired, harassed and busy. But they know that and they deal with it. Kate McCann was dealing with it. If I kept a diary I would probably complain about my husband and children on a daily basis. As it is I don’t, my poor unfortunate friends have to listen to me instead. But my point is this, complaining about your children does not make you a murderer.
I hear the next thing they’re going to take is Madeleine’s little Cuddle Cat that Kate has been clutching to for comfort over the past few months. How cruel can you get? Will someone please put a stop to this farce?
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2007