Troy told me about her tonight. He had heard her story on NPR on his way home. How she got up in the morning, a morning like every other.  Maybe she was running late, maybe she wasn’t; maybe it was a good day.  She got dressed and her husband got dressed and she dressed her baby, her beautiful one, her not-quite-two year old, the joy of her life with his beautiful, laughing brown eyes and silky black hair.  And she took him to his Nana’s and Poppop’s, where he stays during the day while she works until she comes back in the coolness of the evening to pick him up, pick him literally and hold him close and caress his face.  And she dropped him off and she left and she started to go to her workplace and the ground shifted. The solid earth under her feet, holding her and her boy, it gave way and shuddered and all around her her world came crumbling and crashing down in a roar of dust and fragments of solid-seeming materials. Her world collapsed and was crushed and destroyed just like the poor little body of her beautiful Smallson, the one she loved with all her heart, the one she couldn’t protect or comfort when the earth gave way. If only she had stayed there a few minutes more, she could have guarded his little body with hers, held him during the last seconds.  But she hadn’t and she couldn’t and the terror he must have felt, his crying out, his need for his mama, will haunt her till the end of her days.

So much grief and devastation in the world this month. Of all the hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed and shattered and crushed, hers is only one.

We grieve with her and with them, all of them around the world suffering now.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Mom
    May 16, 2008 @ 08:10:37

    My heart has ached for all the Little Ones in Burma and China (and for their anguished parents). MY only comfort is the knowledge that God is now holding those little ones in His loving arms; but that is no comfort for unbelieving parents, and only small comfort for those who do believe.


  2. norba920
    May 16, 2008 @ 12:26:44

    very moving post, m. what an awful situation.


  3. ~m
    May 16, 2008 @ 12:55:53

    I just can’t imagine living through what so many people are living through right now…and whenever there is a horrible disaster like this. One always grieves for these events and it becomes even more desperately sad when you have a little one of your own.


  4. bejewell
    May 17, 2008 @ 22:02:23

    This makes my heart hurt.


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