I, too, have wondered about Christopher habit of talking to someone on the cell phone as a safety measure. I guess it is psychological or something.... have to look into that mace for the key chain. :)
It is actually alarming at how fast the crime rate in the county and surrounding areas is rising. Even our Midwestern towns are having gangs move in from the bigger cities.
Long gone are the days when the crimes were committed by farm boys who have had a little to much to drink on Friday night, now there are dangerous outsiders ... not to mention the affects of meth and cocaine even in small towns.
Harry and the Hendersons was one of my favorite movies to watch when Christopher was young. If Bigfoot was like Harry, I'd have no problems with sharing the forest. Welcoming him into my house may be another issue. Harry was rather... clumsy.
I'll have to watch that movie again soon but it has to be with my husband. Both kids will tell you there are certain movies that are more fun just because of Dad's laughing through them... Harry is one of those movies... the worst is Cool Runnings because he speaks with a Jamaican accent for days afterwards... sigh.
I've mentioned before that I really liked Frank Peretti's book called Monster. I'm not a fan of horror movies or books but this one is just a little scary. It's about the Bigfoot legend and not to give anything away... they find "something".
The only bad reviews I saw of it were from people who were annoyed he based his science against cross-species evolution. Otherwise, those who could live with those assumptions seemed to like it even if it is not War and Peace.
I've followed the Franky Schaeffer story for a long time with both shock and sadness. Edith writes so much in her books (especially The Tapestry) about the fact they are far from perfect and she had been very honest about the difficulties involved in being a family with a ministry such as theirs.
How like the enemy of our souls to twist the truth to defame a couple who had such an influence on a generation after they could tell their side of the story... and how sad that it is their own mid-life "baby" who would be the source of slander.
I've been reading more about challenges with a few of Billy Graham's kids but none of the siblings have ever written scathing statements blaming their parents for their problems (other than admitting Dad's being gone so much had an adverse affect but they also gave praise to their mother for doing the best she could).
It has surprised me how my husband's siblings seem to hate their father more the longer he has been dead. I'm even more shocked at the way they speak of their mother. My in-laws could be difficult people but they don't deserve such animosity. His brother and sister are both single and never had children so they have no spouse at home reminding them of their own imperfections and the need to walk in forgiveness. :)
Both Nancy Pearcy and Os Guinness have spoken out against Franky's book. Both were living at L'Abri and Os was Franky's best friend at one time (the best man at his wedding). His famous op-ed response can be found... here. It is five pages long but well worth reading for people whose life were impacted by the Schaeffer's ministry.
All parents can do is... the best they can do. How many times have I mentioned that Adam and Eve had a perfect Parent and lived in Paradise... and rebelled. How thankful I am that I'm not rich or famous so my children need not write any Mommy Dearest books. I can be rather cranky when I'm tired...