On a table in my living room two statues, once carve by a nameless Haitian artisan, stand. One is a statue of a Haitian woman, with some burden balanced skillfully atop her head. The other is a Haitian man, bending over to play a drum. They are colorful, and beautiful and I love them. There is just one problem, they keep falling over because they sit atop inadequate bases.
I vaccum the floor, and sit them upright. The kids flop down on the couch, and they fall down. I walk through the semi-darkness in the morning to make a cup of tea, and stand them up again. Someone slams a backpack down a bit too hard, and down they go. Over the years, I have dug them from beneath the end table, and sofa countless times. I wish I could say they have survived their frequent tumbles unscathed but that would be untrue. Their bright Caribeean paint is chipped in places, and the woman has lost part of her arm. I guess some people would become exasperated with them and toss them away, but I can’t. I love them. After all, it is not their fault there is no stable place to plant their feet.
Much like Haiti.
One Reply to “Falling Down”
your deep and sincere writing leads me to conclude that I really have no idea what Haiti is about and that the info I can get through the pitiful news agencies we are left with helps very little. I just know that if my siblings or parents were hurting, I would hurt too. Thank you for helping me find a weakness in my own bias-wall that was keeping me from caring and from acting on basic human compassion.