Peace on Earth & Goodwill to (Wo)Men

15 Dec

It’s all very well to howl over your heartbreak and sniffle into your coffee about admittedly horrific events so close to home, but beyond the pain is the practical and that’s what this lady and her team of mostly mommy bloggers have been doing so well. (So the next time anyone thinks mommies are about just nappy-talk and burping babies, think again. Or I’ll sit on you until you do.)

Now, where were we? Oh yes, the India Helps blog. Especially remarkable because it’s really as basic as having good intentions and making them work. This group of proactive women has banded together to make a grassroots, human connection beyond writing out cheques (though those are great too—keep ‘em coming!).

It is my privilege to be able to contribute a little something through connections in the social work field, and request that all of you reading this visit the India Helps website to be a part of the effort in your own way. Spread the word, send links to related articles/new developments, draw attention to other similar efforts—every little bit helps. Let me be very clear. No one’s rushing into this. None of the bleeding hearts throwing money in an outpouring of temporary compassion bit. The groundwork needs to be done first. To figure out the most effective, useful ways to help. And these may not necessarily be the most obvious ones. India Helps is currently trying to contact people and organizations in the social work field to determine how resources can be best put to use. If you have ideas, do share them directly with Kiran and her team. If you don’t read regular post-26/11 updates on this blog, it’s because I encourage you to get your information from directly over there.

Here are some pictures taken on December 2nd. Thanks to the Boy really, because I was busy bawling like a baby. The ones from the December 3rd rally can’t go up until I knock some sense into my silly old camera, but I do, do want to share those with you. That rally was the single most cathartic, enthralling, amazing social experience of my 30 years and nothing I’ve been part of anywhere or anytime else comes even close.

Life is rumbling again, but just barely, and for once I know that the heaviness inside doesn’t stem from the extra pounds I lug around on my bones.

Stay well, people. It’s 10 days to Christmas.

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11 Responses to “Peace on Earth & Goodwill to (Wo)Men”

  1. nits December 16, 2008 at 4:47 am #

    thanks for the pictures.(I love this slideshow thing you’ve used).

    you did a lot more than howl in your coffee OJ, your non-stop twitters says it all.

  2. wordjunkie December 16, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    Hey, great pix.

    But why is there suddenly a string of HTMLorwhatever code at the top of this post..some kind of evileye shield?

  3. Orange Jammies December 16, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    nits: Oh, since I forgot to mention it on the post itself, I’ll do so here: You can click on the pictures for a larger view and pause anyone you want.

    wordjunkie: Eh? 😕 Evileye and invisible?? I canna see nothing! Can anybody else see code at the top? Must investigate…this could all be a big conspiracy! 😯

  4. Mamma Mia! Me A Mamma?!? December 16, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    You rock, you simply, simply rock!!

    And that’s why you’ve been awarded!

    http://mammamiameamamma.blogspot.com/2008/12/and-award-goes-to.html

  5. gooddaysunshine December 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    She’s doing absolutely great work..hats off, really

  6. Nino's Mum December 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Beautiful pictures: especially the one with the two candles standing shoulder to shoulder.
    Sending you lots of Christamas cheer OJ, hugs.

  7. Orange Jammies December 16, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    M4: Did I hear ‘rock’? Where, where? 😉 Thanks, hon. Will hop over shortly.

    gooddaysunshine: And all so calmly and graciously. 🙂

    Nino’s Mum: 🙂 I liked that one too. When I asked the commando nearby if he knew anything about them, he said a person came by, lit them, stood a minute and walked away. Christmas cheer by the sackful to you too, hon.

  8. nits December 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    Dude…of course I clicked and saw each and every pic! man, you think I’m totally gavaar no?

  9. Orange Jammies December 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    nits: lol! 😆 Nooooooo….I explained because that’s the kind of thing I’d have to be told. Honest!

  10. Sociologist on the Loose December 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    hey, saw a link to your blog on MaidinMalaysia. Thanks for posting these pics. I loved the last one especially.

  11. Orange Jammies December 19, 2008 at 1:33 am #

    Socio: Hello and welcome. 🙂

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