Everyone is Talking
About the missing boy in Japan who was abandoned in a forest by his parents as punishment for misbehaving and throwing rocks at cars.
Why do I care?
Because it’s created a lot of conversation about hasty discipline decisions and, if you caught wind of this story earlier in the week, you may be wondering if he was found.
Tell me more.
First things first, the boy was finally found after seven days missing in a forest known for being highly populated with bears. Mom and dad are of course, regretting their decision to scare their son straight by driving off without him.
In a statement, made by the boys father outside of the hospital where their son was recovering from dehydration, he said, “I really didn’t think it would come to that. We went too far, I thought we were doing it for my son’s own good.” He went on to say that he apologized to his son upon seeing him again.
Yep, we’d say that’s a good start.
That’s What She Said
Speaking of abandonment stories that have a happy ending – one woman recently graduated from the University where she was abandoned as an infant and it has the interwebs cheering her on in a big way. Jillian Sobol, known only as Baby Jane Doe at birth, was found on the grounds of San Francisco State University, abandoned by a student there, shortly after her birth in 1984.
She says of attending school at SF State University, “Thirty years later I am here to face the past, complete the circle, and move forward, into the future. Hope is the thing I believe my mother had when she made her choice. I’m here today making my own choices.”
After finally hearing from her birth mother, she says, “That’s a horrible spot to be in for a woman, where the only choice she had was to abandon her child in a box,” Sobol said. “I’ve faced it by not letting it dictate my life. The love and support I’ve been raised with has allowed me to embrace it and not run from it or be scared by it.”
Did you know that there is a real-deal reason behind ‘National Doughnut Day’? Apparently, during World War I, ‘Dough Girls’ or ‘Dough Lassies’ as they were sometimes called, would make big batches of doughnuts for American GI’s overseas as a little pick-me-up. In 1938, during the Great Depression, in an effort to honor these gals and raise funds, the Salvation Army’s Chicago division declared the first Friday in June to be National Doughnut Day, and it stuck. These ladies continued their Doughnut tradition into World War II and even the Vietnam War. Who new?
So, in honor of that service, we give you some fun recipes. Because we feel this is a tradition worth continuing. Go ahead, share a doughnut or three with your favorite service member, or, you know, three year-old.
Check out this doughnut glossary in the event you need to educate yourself on the many delicious types of doughnuts available to you. If you want to delve deeper into descriptions of each type of doughnut, Thrillist has an infographic for that. You’re welcome.
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