Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sleeping soundly

I can't get these images out my head tonight:

My sturdy, spacious home.

Rubble everywhere.

My three precious boys curling their little bodies in bed, fast asleep.

Thousands of children out in the open, many without parents there to hold them. Little bodies strewn on the streets or hidden under concrete.

Tonight I want to gather those children in my feeble arms, sit them in front of my fireplace with a buffet of food, and tuck them in, under quilts, to sleep on every empty square inch of my house - let them sleep and forget for at least one night.

I can't be there, but my prayers and heart are in Haiti.

(We are such fortunate people. How can we forget that?)


Olivia Carter said...

Thanks for the reminder. You put it perfectly.

Ashley said...

I've been trying to increase my water intake and every time I pour myself a big glass of cold, pure water out of the fridge I think of the people affected by the earthquake and the fact that a lot of them can't even get enough water to drink, let alone fresh water. I'm feeling very fortunate these days.

Em said...

so easy to forget how fortunate i am when i get into the hustle and bustle. thanks:-)

Katie said...

You are so right Ashley! Just having drinking water is something to be thankful for.

Chad Coleman said...

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere - Most Americans make more in a week, than the average Haitian makes in a year ($790 or $2/Day). There are about 250,000 chidren who live as slaves or unpaid household servants in the country (For a country of 9 Mil, that is a huge %). Their HIV and Malaria rates are off the charts and their government is a trainwreck.

With all of that being said, an earthquake hits 10 miles from the most populous city in your country? What are the odds? When I say that, I'm not referring to seismically, but rather in the world. Seismic activity is not something people consider when planning to build cities and capitals - it's all about resources. It absolutely could not have struck a worse place in the entire world. Think about that - where else in the world could this have struck and caused more loss of life and damage? Maybe in South Africa or parts of Nigeria - but even then, I think that's a stretch.

Consider that 2 of the largest quakes in the US over the past 20 years - Northridge and the Bay Area (6.7 and 6.9 respectively) killed a grand total of 135 people and it looks - In Haiti it will probably be 500 to 1000X greater.
I have no clue why things happen the way they do - I do know that someone who is a lot brighter than me and has a much better idea of what is going on does though. I don't know how people function without that knowledge because I lean on it so often.

Audra said...

It is pitiful... just pitiful. I was looking through pictures and hit on a particularly grusome one unexpectedly that involved children and I broke down... just could not stand it. I have been wanting to blog about it too. My sweet kids have been asking if we could just bring some of the kids to live with us. It makes me cry that it is just not that easy.

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