It's hard to believe that one year ago today, baby Lisa Irwin disappeared. On October 3, 2011, the adorable 11-month-old was reported missing from her Kansas City, Missouri home after her father, Jeremy Irwin, returned from work and found her crib empty. Lisa's mother, Deborah Bradley, and brothers were asleep.
I can't even begin to imagine what Lisa's family is going through. Gut-wrenching, sickening, and unfair aren't words that seem to be able to justifiably describe this awful tale. Stories like this are almost too much for any mom to bear. And the fact that Lisa's parents have not only left her room completely untouched -- but still buy their little girl gifts every holiday -- make it all the more heartbreaking.
According to the Irwin family attorney John Picerno, Lisa's room has remained virtually untouched. Picerno told ABC News: "They've got Lisa's room intact. They still try to honor her. They still believe that she is alive. They buy clothes that will fit her when she comes home. They try to buy gifts for her to celebrate the various holidays as the holidays pass."
The idea of a missing baby's room still being as it was when she was last there obviously is something that tugs at the heart strings. But I totally get it. I couldn't imagine cleaning out baby Lisa's room if I were her mother or father. It would basically say they're giving up. My mother died two-and-a-half years ago, and her dresser drawers are still as is. I would never in a million years be able to empty the closet of a baby that could very well still be alive.
Some may think this behavior is bizarre, but not me. I think it's good that Deborah and Jeremy still buy Lisa clothes and gifts -- it gives them hope, something to hold on to. And seriously, who is anyone to take that away from them?
How sad is this? Have you ever had trouble cleaning out someone's room?