Friday Fragments- Change for Haiti

Let me start this fragmented post by letting you see, um, er, hear; the inner workings of my mind. Rattle Rattle thump thump thump Rattle Rattle thump thump. Do you hear it? That pounding, throbbing, rattling, sound?! That's the sound I woke up with this morning. Still don't recognize it? Why it's a train! A freakin' train is running away inside my head! I don't know who put it in there, while I was sleeping! But, no matter what I do today, it won't go away! ♪a freight train running through the middle of my head♪ (I'm on Fire by Bruce Springsteen)

Ok, I'm gonna shut my eyelids to muffle the sound. Oh wait! bad idea! I'm just not that good a typer. Not the hunt and peck type, but I just never learned to not look at the keyboard, so having my eyes shut, just, won't work. So here goes, headache and all ♪with eyes wide open♪ (I know I know, it's arms! Arms wide open! by Creed but what can I say you see it as it's played in my head)

So, #2 just texted me to ask about spending the night at a friend's, even though she knows tomorrow is the children's parade (Tampa Gasparilla- Arrrgh! I'm a pirate!) and we have to get in costume and makeup in the morning. And, I actually almost told her yes! Why, do I always feel bad telling them they can't do something?! Afterall, they never feel bad for asking! Hmm!

So, this could be the headache driving this, but I need to vent for a moment, and I realize it might make some of you mad, but I'm going to say it anyway.

Haiti! We all know what happened is terrible! It is an awful tragedy, and they really do need our help! But (and this is where some of you may get angry) But why? Why should I just start giving my money away to any organization that says "Help Haiti" or "Haiti Relief Fund!" How do I know it's even going to Haiti?! This is just the latest "cause" that everyone is screaming for! Even my grocery store asked me for money today! Yet, there is no real organized plan to help them. They have a poorly organized government, people there have lived in poverty and sickness forever, and when they tried to come to America for help, we fed them some rice, and sent them back on a boat, while the refugees from Cuba eat steaks, and are given SS benefits.
And Now! We want to help! Now, that it is the hottest thing on the news! Many people will make money off this, (don't let the term non-profit fool you, someone is getting a salary for organizing it) and those poor people will still be without homes, and food, and clothing! Did the Tsunami victims get the money donated to them?! What about Katrina's victims? People are still without homes, and we are NOT a third world country! So, where is this money going to go to?! And, when will we really stop and take a look at the world around us, and realize change is needed, but not the change from our pockets?!

♪We gotta make a change. It's time for us as a people to start making some changes. Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live, and let's change the way we treat each other. ♪ (Tupac)