I see my son in everything. I first realised this when he was a few months old and I was watching a nature documentary. Just-hatched birds had to make a life or death leap from the top of a cliff as their first meaningful activity in life. It was awful. I cried. Although I’m fairly sure most of them made it. But each one was MY SON.
It happened just a couple of weeks later with a drunk homeless man who fell over in front of a bus. The bus driver rolled his eyes in a ‘seen it all before’ fashion. The paramedic we called was unenthusiastic about his patient. But, for us, this middle-aged drunk man was/is somebody’s LJ.
This heightened recognition and empathy is such a strange phenomenon and one that I’m absolutely sure is common across the parenting spectrum.
Which leads me to my problem…if parents see their children in everything then why do we do awful things to each other? Why do we allow awful things to happen to people? I don’t know what percentage of people in power have children, but I’m guessing that quite a few of the world’s influencers are parents.
Yesterday, along with every other parent, I saw my child lying face down in the water’s edge on a beach in Turkey.
These images have sparked universal compassion amongst everyone, parent or not. And they have encouraged a renewed call for action.
I have been confused for months about what can be done, what anyone can do about the Refugee crisis. How to move pass what seemed like a political stalemate in response to a desperate situation caused by devastating events ignited by hateful concepts. It all seemed and still seems a bit insurmountable to me…sat at my kitchen table in my pyjamas.
There are a lot of problems in the world, a lot of really bad things happening to a lot of people…close to home and far away. I can’t work out what the solution is to almost any of them. And if I can, I can’t work out how to make the solution happen. I do ‘my bit’…however insignificant that feels when most of my days are wrapped up in giggles and puddles and Bob the Builder.
But for the world leaders, for the influencers, for the people whose days should be wrapped up in tackling issues such as migration, homelessness, war…at what point does the money, the graphs, the figures, the headlines and the status overtake the innate human ability to care?
If you see your child in everything and you are in a position to really do something, to really make a difference…why oh why would you not?
#SaveSyriasChildren. To donate £5 to Save the Children text ‘Syria’ to 70008. Everyone can do something and this campaign initiated by bloggers proves it. Mr and Mrs T Plus 3’s post here explains more about the campaign and how you can be involved.
The Guardian has also written a great article listing a number of ways to help with the Refugee situation here.