I am not usually one to engage in scandalous news or follow propaganda, but I could not help but overhear a conversation about a news report in which parents were said to be on trial for the murder of their infant daughter. It appears initially that the mother was not able to naturally produce enough sustenance for her child, so they supplemented by adding water to the milk. The article goes on to reveal more specific information as to the events that brought the parents to the courtroom.
Knowing that most communities offer the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program where mothers and their babies are provided with basic nutritional essentials, I wondered if that had been an option presented to the parents. I struggled all day with questions that I will perhaps never get the answers to. Questions like, was there any extended family? What about friends and neighbors? Who in the village could have reached out to help this couple if only by providing information and resources?
I reflected on a story I often share with my children every time I need to exercise humility and remind myself and them of the importance of gratitude. I was married at a young age and moved to this country, I had my first child shortly thereafter. We had two income expenses, on a one-income salary. As an immigrant, I could not yet legally work in this country, so our income was extremely restricted. I remember nights where my husband and I would take a blanket and spread it out on the grass so that my little one could play while we literally fished for our supper. We often look back at that time of struggle with fondness because it did indeed draw us closer together as a family. Our pride at the time did not allow us to seek help outside of ourselves for a while however, we did eventually reach for help and took advantage of available resources.
It has been said often that trials come to make us strong. I feel that trials come as an opportunity for use to learn and overcome, then it gives us a chance to reach back and help others to overcome. I also feel that in this digital age that we live in we can sometimes be so glued to a screen that we miss the opportunity to connect with those around us and perceive someone else need. I would challenge us all to seek the opportunity to help another family. Provide them with tools and community resources or refer them to us here at We Care Now. Together we can make a difference.