This is probably my twentieth attempt at finding the right words to just begin writing. Each time I start it’s quickly followed by backspacing over everything and trying again. Truth is, I won’t find the words that can even come close to surround the support shown to Ryan (and my family) yesterday from long-time followers and those new to his story.
I often wondered what it is that draws people to Ryan’s story.
I suppose it’s because it pulls at both ends. Middle ground simply doesn’t exist. It’s a line-in-the-sand where an emotionally tug-of-war is played out. It’s filled with despair and balanced by hope. Hate and love. Grief and elation. Anger and encouragement. Evil versus good. Crime and punishment. Yep, all those… and plenty more. Sadly, this “story” is life. Hey, no one ever said it would be fair, but why does it have to hurt so much?
It forces people to take sides. It cannot be ignored. It’s intense.
Still, you and many others chose to take this on. You unselfishly keep my son relevant. I couldn’t do this without you… you know that, right? Without you Ryan would be, at best, a memory. By now most would have forgotten. Thank you for not allowing this to happen. It means everything.
Here’s the thing… it is greater than Ryan. What we do here is hold people accountable. We fight on and for principle. Two examples come to mind. The first is when Austin Vantrease tried to shut down this blog and we had to defend it in federal court (and won). The second, which is again in federal court, is his attempt to offset his liability against donations to Ryan (Read about it here). I wonder, is he — and his family —really that misguided or just trying to wear us down? No matter, because as “Team Diviney”, We Got This! We’re just not going away.
How do I know this? We need look no further than yesterday when 15,000 people signed (and are still signing) a petition asking the West Virginia Parole Board to keep him behind bars for the maximum time allowable. Or the fact that this website had 43,500 views (setting a single-day record). Oh, hell yeah, there’s plenty of resilience still in us! It’s not the Vantreases Family versus the Diviney Family. They’re foolishly taking on Team Diviney… a force to be reckoned with.[Here’s where I make the disclaimer that today’s post is my opinion and you should read the website’s disclaimer].
Please, don’t leave. Ever. We need you… those made of the right stuff.