My friends, this was originally supposed to be an apology post. I meant to write a dazzling piece yesterday about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in line with The Red Pump Project (any Atlanta kids going to Stems & Stilettos tonight?) and since yesterday was National Women & Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. But I was bullied into wearing my Wellies by moody skies, and I trudged home from work in a mood to match the weather. In the evening, after a fiery debate with NPR over acid-alkaline diets, kidney physiology and integrative medicine (I know, I know–we’re too cool for school), enjoying a little brain drain in front of Fairly Legal seemed like the right thing to do. I decided to postpone the entry until today.
But I woke up this morning to apocalyptic headlines about the disaster in Japan and the worldwide tsunami warnings, and my posting plans fell into a million little pieces. I kept the news on as I got ready and felt a deep silence settle over me. I trudged back to work with a heavy heart. Even as I write this now, several aftershocks have shaken Japan, and coastal areas around the world are still on alert. It’s hard for me to know what to say when events like this happen, or how to feel. But my friend Lindsey–who spent several years of her life working in the Marshall Islands–posted this quote, and it spoke to me. I hope it speaks to you, too.
“You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
– Frederick Buechner
Love and prayers to those who have lost, the displaced, and those who continue to wait.