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Thinking as I was eating a wonderful supper {maple garlic salmon; caesar salad; baguette; a nice riesling; caramel apple pie sundaes; excellent coffee} with a wonderful friend about how lucky I am to be born in Newfoundland. To be able to eat and laugh and enjoy living {if temporarily ill} while so many are not, and never will...I am thinking of Somalia. Those children who never get a chance...
What can One do?
Does the weight of all this sit heavy on your heart?
Does it make dieting* seem stupid to you?
I have so many unanswerable questions...
I can't stand this complete helplessness...
I want to "be of use". To someone who truly needs it...


CrowNology

*not for health but for vanity...

4 comments:

MrsLittleJeans said...

Andrea- the weight of this sits very heavy on my heart, it always have even when I was a teen. The TV ad had a place for donations and yet I know donations mostly do not make it to their destinations. I know first hand from when my sister lived in Africa as a medical doctor. There are ways to help for sure but this is very sad...I said the same to my husband, here people are counting calories and there people have no calories to count. xoxo

Lorena sometimes ... said...

thought i have been thinking about it for weeks now, i finally told someone just yesterday that i MUST make a special piece of jewelry to sell so that i can donate the money to those children!!! (or whomever else it might help feed in East Africa, if only for a week, or a mere day ...) still, somehow, this seems not enough, but in this time and place it will have to be the best that i can do.

volunteering in the bird rehab center has been such a joyous, life-changing time for me, in SO MANY ways!!! once a week, my heart wells with pride, and accomplishment, and hope that maybe, just maybe, i saved the life of a helpless, motherless, or injured bird. so, how can it be that when it comes to each other, we feel such helplessness . . .

. . . as you are Andrea, i am feeling it too!!! and today, you have said it out loud, what i have been thinking, and keeping (mostly) to myself. so today, YOU have inspired me to actually sit down and start that piece, rather than just roll it over and over in my mind.

see, your words make a difference!
and, i am grateful that you are here!!!

Laurie

Jessica / Lola Vintage said...

so wild you wrote about this feeling. Just speaking with one of my close friends the other day about how much we really take for granted. When we look at the big picture, we are indeed, SO LUCKY, especially compared to so many others in the world. The guilt *is* heavy sometimes, it's often as if I'm asking myself "do I even deserve all of this?" I think it would make me feel more balanced if I was giving back more, giving *some*thing, even small. Used to help with the local food kitchen, but it's been so long since I was doing that. . . feel like this may be a lil' push for me to get back into doing something again.

Lori ann said...

i'm so late, blogging has taken a backseat to summer. i'm really hoping your feeling better. and from the sound of it your dr doesn't know what it is?

the same thing happened to me, 2 years ago, on a trip to africa. it's so discoraging to not find out!! and i mostly wanted to say thank you for bringing this to attention, africa is a place close to my heart and there is such a need.