What happens when a young woman is approached at a farmer’s market and is called “heavy set? She makes her confident voice heard by writing a powerful blog that was read by many and empowering young and young at heart everywhere.
Yoga instructor, Madelyn Parsch was minding her own business when a man, old enough to be her father, commented, ” You could model even though you are heavy set.” She writes in her blog that he continues to guess her weight, “What…probably… 165-170? Am I right sweetheart?” First of all it’s very inappropriate an disrespectful for anyone, especially a man of his age to approach a young girl let alone comment on her size!
Madelyn had some thoughts of her own about the farmers market stalker. She remembers thinking she would like to speak back to the stranger for women everywhere by saying that her heavy set thighs were strong enough to crush a grown man’s skull, but she refrained for her own safety and dignity. She writes that they kept bumping into each other that day and each time they did, he would continue to talk to her about her size and her future in he modeling industry…like a hair model or something and how she should not worry about all the tall and slim models at the modeling agencies she would be working around.
She remembers how he made her feel and how she wished she would’ve had a sharp comeback statement. “It annoyed me…But words were hard to find while assessing my actual safety in the parking lot with a stranger….His level of audacity and entitlement took me off guard.” Madelyn took matters into her own hands. His word selection and how he kept reminding her of how beautiful she was even though she was heavy set. She didn’t want or need his inappropriate validation. She wanted him to go away and leave her alone.
But she would remember his comments and do something good with them. help others just like her. She blogs that it wasn’t the first time she received a back handed compliment, that made her feel uncomfortable, just as many of her friends and family had. “I wrote about it to get out my frustrations and be able to find my voice the next time something like this happens.”
She explained that although this farmer’s market encounter was an uncomfortable one, it was not a negative one. “A few years ago it would have devastated me to be called heavy set, but not today and not ever again. She says she is too confident to allow others opinions and comments question her worth. “I’m too strong,” she said. Most would agree this is a powerful statement from such a young woman reminding everyone, that we should love ourselves both on the inside and out.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!
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