Posted on August 12, 2014
Note to self:
Why be so unhappy, just because you are sleep deprived?
Your beautiful baby is asleep on your chest, your golden haired boy is full of laughter and open mouthed kisses, and your husband loves you despite your sometimes (what my mother -quite accurately- calls) “snakiness”.
There are sunshiney flowers on the table, the smell of Sri Lankan curry in the kitchen, music playing. The cold blue sky outside even grants some warmth today. It is Sunday, and we are free to do what we like.
We are safe and happy and oh so blessed.
Facebook is full of reminders to self lately, to be thankful, to know that we are amazingly lucky, and that life could hardly be better.
I once experienced for myself how swiftly everything can change in an instant, and how your faith that nothing will change your world won’t protect you from what fate has in store. I try to remember that, and live my life accordingly.
But I forget.
Until I am reminded. There are too many reminders around right now.
Several people close to me are afflicted by the frightening presence of ill health in themselves or their children, and I can’t imagine their fear or sorrow.
I wish for a magic salve. I just wish for magic.
I wish love could fight sickness (and it can, love is often the only consolation, but it is patently not enough).
I am reminded that people, across oceans -in far too many places- are wielding weapons as though human life is worth nothing at all.
I don’t care about your allegiances, I don’t care about your religion, your land, your colour or your race, if you’re killing babies, if you’re slaying children who should be safe in their homes, along with their mothers and fathers and their families, then you cannot claim righteousness, whatever you say, or how loudly you say it.
Remember that children in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Israel, the Ukraine, Africa and elsewhere are all as precious and beloved as the one at your breast.
Be thankful, Dani. Hold your children close.
And reach out where you can.
Image by Nick Gustafson
Linking up with Essentially Jess today for #IBOT
PostScript… I read the news this morning about Robin Williams. Vale, sad man.