10 Days Without Speech

Day 8…

I’m sitting on a big tan faux-leather recliner in the corner of my living room watching my son do the potty dance. He’s holding himself with one hand jumping back and forth between both feet while trying to finish his chocolate milk. Normally, I would tell him to hurry up and go potty, but I still can’t talk for another three days which means that this could be a disaster.

I’ve tried every charade I can think of to get him to go to the bathroom, but unfortunately it looks like I’m going to have to get up from the very comfortable chair that I inherited from my grandmother and lead him to the half-bath in the middle of our main floor.

I’m about to get up, when my wife walks down the stairs. Being the responsible dad that I am, I start waving at her to get her attention. She finally looks up, and I point to our 2-year-old who has now crossed his legs and is doing some sort of Salsa.

“Noah, go to the bathroom!” my wife says commandingly.

“But my chocolate milk?” Noah responds as if someone is waiting in the shadows to drink the last couple of sips.

“I will keep it safe,” Rebecca reassures him.

Reluctantly, he sets down his blue and green sippy cup of chocolate milk on our octagon-shaped glass dining room table, and runs to the bathroom yelling. He’s not yelling anything intelligible – he’s just yelling to hear himself make loud noises. He runs past the bathroom and pops out on the other side of the hallway still elevating his voice to a piercing decibel. If what he was saying was a word, it would probably be spelled, “BELDA, BELDA, BELDA, BELDA, BELDA,” and this word would mean something to the extent of, “I CAN YELL! I CAN YELL! I CAN YELL! I CAN YELL!”

“Noah, go to the bathroom,” Rebecca again affirms her authority over the situation.

Noah disappears into the hallway and a couple of minutes later we can hear the reassuring sound of water hitting water. When you have a 2-year-old that is still learning proper potty procedure, it’s important to make sure that he aims correctly; water on water is a good sound! I’m so glad that Rebecca walked down the stairs when she did because evidently I don’t know how to get him to go to the bathroom without using my voice, and I really didn’t want to get up from my recliner.


As you know, I’m not using my voice to be a voice for 27,000,000 slaves around the world. This is what I mean by slaves:

  • 40-50% of all forced labor victims are kids under the age of 18
  • 3 million sex slaves in India, 1 million of which are kids
  • In Kenya, up to 11,000 prisoners would be set free if they had proper legal representation
  • In India, 70% of prisoners have never been convicted of anything
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 5 women around the world will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
  • After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied as the second largest criminal industry in the world.
  • Worldwide there are nearly 2 million children caught in the commercial sex trade
  • In Uganda, 30% of orphans and widows have been victimized by property grabbing following the death of a spouse or parent.

With all of this going on in the world, I can’t just sit back on my couch and sip on this chai latte that my wife made me make for her. I have to do something. I don’t know about you, but I don’t even know where to start. How do we fight human trafficking or save kids from forced prostitution? Well maybe while we are trying to figure out how we are more permanently going to make a difference in slavery, we could go ahead and at least support the people that are saving these children already.

IJM is made up of professional investigators, lawyers, and social workers who have given up their jobs to use their talents to save kids, and families from these horrible situations. These guys are good, and if you have read more than 1 of these blogs but haven’t checked out what they do yet — shame on you! Click here now and spend an hour on their website — it could change your life.

You can make a difference in slavery by clicking here. The time to get off the couch and set down your chai latte is now, Daniel Day. And the time for everyone else to get off their couch and make a difference has also arrived. You can give by clicking here.

Question of the day: who is your favorite abolitionist? Why? You may comment below…


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