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A parents' nightmare
January 8, 2014 - Stephen Browne
Quite by accident I learned that Caleb Jacoby, a high school junior at Maimonides School in the Boston suburb of Brookline has been missing since Monday.
Caleb Jacoby is described by Efrat Lipschitz, Jacoby's Hebrew teacher, as quiet and serious, someone who takes his studies seriously and hangs around the library a lot.
I see pictures of missing children on Facebook all the time with appeals to share. Mostly I don't, not because I'm heartless but because the majority of them are somewhere across the country and unless it is stated they are thought to be heading towards our region I figure it's better not to fatigue the attention of readers. That and the fact that by far the most young people who go missing turn out to be either runaways or abducted by a non-custodial parent.
It does tug at the heart of any parent, but not so it's going to ruin your day - unless some circumstance brings it close to you.
In this case it's because Caleb Jacoby is the son of syndicated columnist Jeff Jacoby. I'm a columnist too, that's one thing that causes me to feel a certain kinship. The other is that I've had occasion to correspond with Jeff Jacoby briefly on a couple of occasions. I vaguely remember that I forwarded an article of mine on the "cash for clunkers" program after he'd written something on the subject. I doubt he even remembers. I only remember because of course he's as famous a columnist as I'd like to be.
Such a little thing, but what a difference it makes!
I have two children, a boy, 12, and a daughter, 7. In the normal course of events I'd worry less-and-less about my son being the victim of an abduction. He's a big kid already and bound to get bigger.
Now until we know what happened to Caleb Jacoby, it's going to prey on my mind. All because of the slightest of connections.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Jeff, and may tomorrow bring your son safe home.
UPDATE: Caleb Jacoby has been found safe.
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