BlogHer of the Week: Heart & Home

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Last night a young man was pulled from the rubble in Haiti after eleven days. Eleven days. This following the rescue of a 7-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister after eight days. If you're like me, you can barely imagine what any of them went through. All those days. In the dark. With little or nothing to eat or drink. With, in many cases, the dead or dying around them...sounds in the darkness that eventually stopped. I can barely imagine what their loved ones went through. The mother of the seven and ten year old...who thought all her children were lost to her, and yet two lived!

Ashleigh from Heart & Home does imagine it. She weaves together a day in her life and the the life of a woman in Haiti...and her post Mine Eye Affected My Heart so affected our hearts that we have chosen this post as BlogHer of the Week.

Ashleigh, a military wife and mother, calls her life "craziness", citing a long lists of tasks and must-dos that I'm sure we can all relate to, finally slowing down after putting the kids to bed, only to realize:

I still never ate dinner and get mad at myself, eat a cupcake, feel gross, shiver a little from the cold, turn up the heat, grab a blanket and my computer, open a window and click on a link to a news website.

Coverage of the earthquake in Haiti. I scroll slowly through the pictures. My eyes well up.

Ashleigh puts herself in the place of a mother in Haiti...imagining that unimaginable:

She thinks her heart might be gone. Perhaps it crumbled along with the houses around her? She is numb. She doesn’t feel her feet walking, running, scurrying beneath her. She doesn’t know the extent of her injuries. She doesn’t care. Dust hangs in the air and fills her mouth, her nostrils. She tries to spit it out but realizes she is so parched she can’t spit. Water. Where is water?

The juxtaposition of her two stories remind us, and reminds her:

I see messages typed about things that seem so trivial. Complaints, snark-filled comments, jokes. I think of my day, my crazy busy day, and suddenly it seems… perfect.

Mine too, thanks for the reminder. And thanks for reminding us that we can each help, in our way.

Ashleigh, congratulations on being our BlogHer of the Week. And thanks to everyone for continuing to send in your nominated posts. Remember to nominate individual posts, not entire blogs, and keep them coming! If you want to check out all the BlogHer of the Week posts, check out the BlogHer of the Week archive.

Best,
Elisa
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