Technology is such a funny thing; it’s quite the ironic entity and can help immensely in the search of a child, getting the word out and determining who these missing kids may be talking to.
But a computer in the hands of a child without proper supervision transforms this innocuous box that can whiz, ping and literally sing into the ‘street corner of the world.’
Having a computer in a child’s room can lure a child out of the parents’ good graces and into the arms of a pedophile. Factor in a missing child and your world just grew by continents and becomes a cold, cold place–a black hole where parasites feed on the unsuspecting.
What does all that have to do with finding Asha?
Well, the Degrees didn’t have a computer in their home and in 2000, like most every kid, their’s didn’t have a cell phone, either. That keeps Asha’s world limited–extremely limited. So, determining who is responsible for goading Asha out on a cold, rainy, dark, dark predawn morning on February 14th becomes so much easier.
The lack of technology in the Degree home was a ‘Great Wall’ of sorts, as no one who’s not known and not invited is not allowed inside of Asha’s world.
In order for someone to have enough access into Asha’s world to craft a story, weave a web and maintain trust, said person needs time. Needs access. And because Asha’s world was so predictable, so regimented and so small in a good way, this monster can’t look, act and be perceived by family or community as distrustful, as an outsider.
Ultimately, this person must be well known to Asha–and he has to be someone with steady access to her.
“Very very” shy, Asha had to trust this person.
Trust him enough that any story he weaves sounds believable.
And the story must be a secret, so it must be the ‘good kind’ of secret, sounding wholesome and true. Asha would have to believe that if and when her parents found out why she was gone outside her home, they’d be pleased, happy. They would praise her efforts.
Remember, Asha is an obedient child. Everything in her world is structured. There must be no deviation from her normal course of every day business and trust.
Too, Asha had to feel safe leaving her home. On a cold night. Missing school. In the dark. In the rain. Outside where the dogs bark.
‘Away’ in any sense of the word would not suit Asha and her world.
‘Alone’ with her fears would not suit Asha.
It’s here where I believe (my opinion) that the timing of Asha’s disappearance–her parent’s anniversary–was not random; rather February 14th was part of the good secret.
Someone had to know about this special day. Have access to Asha to remind her of the good secret. And there’s no private cell phone. There’s no computer chat line. No, said reminders of the ‘good-secret plan’ had to be in person.
Too, what clothing was missing and the contents of the bookbag makes sense. And I’ll talk about that on the next page.
A poser for you: Since Asha’s family didn’t have a home computer in 2000 nor cell phones for their kids, do you think the idea an outsider could have enough access to Asha to convince her to act in the manner she did? Do you still believe Asha planned to leave her home on her own accord? What questions does this information here conjure up?