Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti

Watching reports of the devastation in Haiti is a real wake up call. It’s unimaginable what that country is going thru and as a mother/teacher it really hits home when I see children on the street with no food, no water, no shelter. GMA ran a story this morning about a 4 year old girl at an orphanage. Her adoptive parents are in Iowa and did not know if she was alive. Robin Roberts found the child and called the parents…they even got to see her as she slept outside on a mattress. At one point she was sobbing, and that did it for me! All I wanted to do was run home and hug Audrey, I can’t even imagine what those parents were going through.

We are so very fortunate to live in this country, to have the luxuries we have. Unfortunately it takes disasters like this to make us realize how good we have it. One of the many things I want to instill in Audrey is the ability to feel compassion and the desire to give to others in need. I don’t want her to take for granted all the things she has. I’m honestly not sure how to do that though, especially when children are so egocentric. I guess I have awhile to figure that out.

Please donate to the Red Cross. Haiti cannot get enough help right now. And I’m sure like me, you will be hugging your little ones a little tighter.

2 comments:

caroline said...

I saw that news story also. And the best way to do that is to lead by example. I notice even at such a young age Jacob picks up so many good things, not because I teach him intentionally, but because he watches me and follows my lead. I know that Audrey will be a good person because you and Chris are such good people...and that's all the example she needs.

Alicea (mnbride1013) said...

I was holding Kyle today and thinking the exact same thing. We are very fortunate to be living in this country and I want Kyle to grow up knowing that, knowing that other little boys and girls don't have it as easy.