Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A PIllar of Motherhood

Chinese Police Officer Jiang Xiaojuan would be embarssed to read this post, because in her words she says, "I think what I did was normal," she said. "In a quake zone, many people do things for others. This was a small thing, not worth mentioning," according to her interview with CNN. So, I'll try not to make such a big fuss.

Still, there's something about this photo
that shows the power of Motherhood.

She has fed nine babies so far; five were orphans, four had Mother's who were too injured to nurse. Xiaojuan has a six-month baby of her own that she cannot nurse, as the child is staying with her relatives while she works in this disaster zone of the earthquake that has killed more than 51,000, with more than 29,000 people missing, according to government figures.

The media has fallen in love with Xiaojuan for her efforts. The pictures and video of her caring for these infants brings an image of peace and assurance that lies in direct contrast to much of the suffering that is the reality for so many people. I won't even touch the whole "Facebook banning breastfeeding photos," here or airline carriers who order people off planes because they nurse. This photo is simply beautiful, and a glowing testament to the power of love.


Heather said...

I never would have thought of helping like that. I guess that I hadn't thought about the babies...

so sad.

Kirsetin said...

Amazing...and powerful.

angi said...

WOW...what a wonderful thing she (and others) are doing for those babies!