“When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don’t get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.”
― Lori Goodwin
Ecuador – There seems to be a running clock/calendar that keeps track of the days and months since the earthquake destroyed much of Ecuador’s central and northern coast. Each month when the calendar approaches ’16,’ I note the time and remember the 7.8 earthquake that hit just after 7 pm on April 16th. Does anyone ever get past that feeling of premonition – or wondering if it might hit again?
Edgar and Maria do not have an on-site kitchen, but their family usually joins her parents who have moved six or so blocks down the street. Throughout town, one sees progress, yet there are still a lot of people hoping for better days.
“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”
― Judith Lewis Herman,
Across town I met a new friend. Wearing a hand-made blouse, Isabel invited me to see her make-shift home and hear her story of the night of the earthquake.
“If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”
― Lori Goodwin
11 months ago at this hour, the people were scrambling, trying to make sense of what had just happened. Their world had ripped apart. It was raining; a tsunami warning added more fear and uncertainty to their nightmare. People were injured, dead, lost, frightened, disoriented. There were no phone signals, no electricity. They are survivors, and they are all warriors.