Friday, 14 January 2011

A Lighter Shade of Grey



Things are feeling very subdued. I feel like everyone's a knocked-back shade of colour because of the floodings, the death, the loss. The widespread violence and unpredictability of nature.

I don't even know what to say at the moment. I can grapple my way through, and tell you that I feel shattered. And as a mum, I just feel incredibly moved by the story of Jordan Rice. It breaks me.

I want to help in bigger ways than just giving money. I want to be a body pushing mud out of the way so someone can restart their life. I want to do someone's washing. I want to give someone a warm bed, so they can feel a little safer, a little more comfortable. I want to help.

How are you feeling?

14 comments:

Little Pinwheel said...

I want to, and need to do more. I have donated, but it feels like I have not done enough. I will do more. We will do more. x

norbyah said...

Right with you. Being way over here in Hong Kong makes me feel helpless, when I really want to be in there, helping. I've been gripped to all the news coming out of Queensland, and keeping up daily with news from my own family in Brisbane. xo

Katy said...

I have done a bit but I want to do more. I'm in Adelaide and am not quite sure what the next move should be.

handmade romance said...

its all too heartbreaking xx
feeling the lose x

Megan.K. said...

Feel the same way Lexi. We're headed up to Brisbane soon to do what we can - gumboots, gloves and brooms with us. So bloody awful, the whole thing. But people are pulling together.
x

btw, Melli has a special word for electricity: LEXI-TY!!!

x

Christina said...

It's such a difficult time for so many, it's hard to even try to imagine. Watching the news alone is heartbreaking.

I've donated money, had a friend from West End stay with us a few nights, reached out to family and friends who are affected and the boys are off to pump water out of houses tomorrow and help with the clean up. I'll be baking Anzac biscuits tonight for them to take with them and offer the locals and volunteers. Every little bit helps I hope.

xx

lisa :: the red thread said...

Shellshocked seems to be the mood. The scale and impact of the devastation is just so unbelievable.
I agree that it's hard not knowing how to do more (from such a distance) than just give money.

Cat said...

Indeed. Did you manage to get on to ideas to come up with some sponsorship to get there? I would actually really like employers, especially government departments, interstate to allow their employees paid leave to go and help. I want to do more too.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

We were watching it again last night and just burst into tears - I can't even imagine what they are going through. It is so awful. I want to make them somthing nice and clean and new...

Anna said...

It's very weird living in a part of Brisbane that isn't affected by the floods, feel like we can't do enough to help.

G is going to help with the clean up today and I'm hoping to do some baking to take to the volunteers or the SES headquarters.

teddybearswednesday said...

Pretty much exactly like you. Heartbroken, sad, helpless.
xo

BOB & MABEL said...

It is such a difficult time for so many people. I just wish I could help too, not just by making a donation.

Lauren said...

I had to go and have a moment and cry when I heard the story of Jordan Rice...my heart is breaking for QLD but I feel so powerless to do anything...especially cause now I have left QLD and we're on the way home to Adelaide :(

fast times in m√ľnchen. said...

I love that you care so much and want to help. you have a heart of gold PMM. Pure gold x