Nothing More

By Patrick M. Chierichella

Education Coordinator

The Rose Brucia Education Foundation


A few years ago I was watching an episode of NCIS. As the episode ended a poignant melody accompanied the images on the screen. I found the name of the song was Nothing More by the band Alternate Routes. In the lyrics of this song I found two lines that struck me as exceptionally potent in their simplicity:

We are how we treat each other when day is done.

We are how we treat each other and nothing more.

I will make some personal assumptions here: that those of you who know of our organization and read our blogs will attest to both these statements; that the vast majority of people in the world believe likewise; and that those who harm children physically and emotionally, those predators, abusers, pornographers who steal a child’s innocence, do not hold to such notions.

It is a sad fact that the narrative in our minds of our children growing up untouched by the ugliness of predatory adults must be tempered by the reality of our kids and grandkids physically maturing more quickly than in generations past, that they can’t stay kids for a longer time. Their bodies may reach maturation more quickly but not necessarily their minds and their emotional states. What pressures they must have as the biologic changes in their bodies outstrip the growth curve of their judgmental processes!

Decades ago education was swamped with various catch phrases that pointed us in new directions: It takes a village…; Top down support for bottom up reform; Just say No!, and Common Core.

In the arena which The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation has chosen to perform, there are some better, stronger phrases that I think applicable, ones that have been around far longer and are time-tested. Our stated goal is to reduce the number of child abductions. Consider these mottos from some of our armed services and how well they apply to our group:

This we will defend. The United States Army

Semper Paratus (Always prepared). The United States Coast Guard

Can do! The Seabees

We could not have better descriptors of our mission and our programs.

We are how we treat each other when day is done, today and tomorrow.

Be Safe!

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


  1. hector silva says:

    Dear Mr. Chierichela,
    It was a pleasure to read your article “Nothing More”. My wife (Helen) and I are familiar with The Rose Brucia Foundation through our association with Matt, Rose, Mike Kresh, and Glenda.
    As an educator in the Brentwood School District I am familiar with the perils asssociated with child abduction. Every school year students, parents, and staff are warned of a child coming to school or going home approached by a suspicious person or vehicle that tries to lure them close enough to be abducted. Throughout the island particularly the middle belt, our children are the target of pedophiles and sexual perverts during the school year.
    As part of the NYS personal safety curriculum, the matter of strangers approaching a child and trying to abduct them is covered thoroughly. Fortunately most kids are wary of the peril, take cover, and report the incident. Through the efforts of the Rose Brucia Foundation, NYS educators, parents, and the SCPD our children have someone to keep a watchful eye. Keep up the good work. As in the past, we look forward to assist you in your mission.

    Joe & Helen Silva
    P.S. As a former Marine may I add “Semper Fidelis” to your list of mission advocates.

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