|Haitian performer Sophis Dorsainvil|
|Dannie James =)|
I now know what took me so long to not only respond to Sophis' Facebook friend request but to report back to all of you. I guess you could say I’ve been busy, which is true; but I realize that my avoidance has been for the same reason I took so long to get back to Marilyn, the girlfriend of my dear friend Dannie who recently passed away from cancer. Marilyn sent me an email requesting my mailing address so that she could send me a copy of Dannie’s obituary and I just. couldn’t. respond. You see, I've been grieving Dannie's loss and wasn't ready to physically touch his obituary. “Makes it real when you touch it,” is how I explained it to Marilyn when I finally got back to her just yesterday…and this is how I in turn can explain it to you. Writing this post (and finally "friending" Sophis) makes Haiti’s ongoing suffering real for me…even though it has been over 10 months since the earthquake. Call me crazy, but it’s true.
That being said, and as mentioned in a previous post, I intend to be an ambassador for Heart of Haiti and look forward to helping in whatever way I can. In the meantime, I will order gifts from the Collection online this holiday season which will put sustainable income in the hands of Haitian artisans and I encourage you to do the same. I did do a little shopping of my own in Macy’s last Saturday (boots, pants, lunch, etc.), but my most treasured purchase was a heart. A heart from Haiti. =)