I told my husband over coffee this morning that I was crocheting hearts for Haiti.
"Why?", he asked, "because Haiti's in the news right now?"
I completely understand his cynicism. There is constant suffering in the world, even in our own small corner, each and every day. Especially Haiti. The earthquake just added insult to injury. So why do so many of us wait to do something about it until there's a major disaster?
I don't watch the news. I can't. I gave it up on September 13, 2001 when I realized I had been doing nothing but watching news and crying for over 48 hours. To quote my new favorite comedian, Maria Bamford, "I've never really thought of myself as depressed as much as paralyzed by hope."
Thanks be to those who are not paralyzed by disaster and blessed are those who can rally others into action and get something done. I believe that small things can make a big difference, so I'm making something small to donate to the Craft Hope Etsy store. All proceeds from the store will benefit Doctors Without Borders. My little crocheted heart bobby pins will be in the store shortly.
I'm certainly not one to tell others what to do, buy if you're so motivated, please do what you can. No gesture is too small. Make a little something, buy a little something, give a little something. Stitch a little hope into your heart and don't let cynicism crowd it out. Remember it even when the news starts to cover something else.