SINGULAR SUBJECTS - Time to adopt
The Soloist, Contributor
Earthquake survivors Jenny, 7, left, and sister, Neika, 1, sit on a broken bench inside the Canadian mission group Coram Deo orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti.
Close your eyes, stop and think for a minute about looking up after an earthquake to see Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay or Mandevlle completely flattened. Think also about how you feel when there is a hurricane, for which you have been given ample warning. Think about how you feel when the power is out for a few days, but you are safe inside your home. It leaks, the roof is partially destroyed but you are safe, yet still miserable. And better yet, all your family members are alive!
You do not have to hopscotch between rubble and dead bodies. You don't have to look at your city and see all vestiges of yours and your country's existence gone. You are not left at the mercy of the world. But you are a mother, your children are dead, your family is gone.
Or, you are a child, your mother and father are dead. You do not comprehend the reality of the situation. You need love, food, a bath, a hug, a smile; you need reassurance that all of the rest of your life will be safe. But you don't have it.
You are a strong Jamaican woman, you have mothered before, you can do it again. The spirit of the dead mothers of orphaned children are calling out to you. Yes, you can help; yes you must help these innocent children. You live in a big house in the hills, you drive around in your air-conditioned European SUV; you run the cocktail circuit, you take vacations in the south of France; you sip cognac nightly. Or you are a single career woman with all the comforts of life. You don't have a child yet, but you are thinking about it and don't want to be 'baby mother' to the countless 'wutless' men you know. You can afford to share all this with a child who just needs someone like you to call mommy.
Forget the people who call talk shows to bitch and gripe about how poor our country is, and offer lame excuses to go into denial about being neighbourly. Forget the people who have forgotten that we were just a mere few hundred miles away from the disaster and could have been in these people's shoes. Take the plunge, adopt an orphaned Haitian child.