Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Beating up on the Mom, not a nice thing to do...


I have read several comments and blog posts, and had someone leave a nasty diatribe at one of my posts, about the fact that Cindy Sheehan had met with the GWB once, and of what she said at that time.
First, what she said was minimal.
Second, the individuals who are currently critizing her, and that's a nice way to put it, must never have suffered a loss. Especially the loss of an adult child. She met with the GWB 2 months after her son was killed. That is still what I call the "shock" time after a loss. The time where you are still in a surreal world, your body moves, your mind moves, your heart stays still. If it moved, it would have to acknowledge the loss.
You want the pain to Go Away. You want the loss to Not Be. The senses are so shattered that they cannot absorb another emotion, especially a negative one. The person lost to you, is like a TV screen that plays all the time in your brain.
I can see Cindy Sheehan being polite to GWB, in the shock time. I can see her grasping at her faith and trying to make some sense out the situation. Her son has been dead only two months, and she is at the White House, to meet with the President, what did people expect a middle class recently bereaved Mom to do? Spit at him?
Her son in the military uniform was too fresh in her mind. Her son, cuddled in her arms, walking into kindergarten, opening a birthday present, those images must have come to mind, also.

Especially when the sense of betrayal she must have felt when she read about the non-existent WMD's, and the Downing St. memos, seemed to overwhelm her. What a terrible loss of life, and for what?
I think it says a lot about the heart of a person, that she could bring herself above her emotions, her individual pain, and advocate for others.
The founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving did that. John Walsh did that.
Pain, loss, they are motivators for human behavior. The love behind them is even more so.

It's actually pretty easy to analyze and to understand Cindy Sheehan's actions, past and present. All you have to do is to look into your heart, where the loss, and the love reside.

In this interview, she speaks for herself.

2 Comments:

Blogger PaxRomano said...

There is a good article over at Salon this morning about the Republican reaction to Sheehan. It points out that many of them just can't handle the fact that this woman changed her mind (imagine that!).

You will never win an argument with these folks, they have their beliefs, and you and I have ours: all we can hope is that common sense wins out in the end.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight, Cindy Sheehan!!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Medbh said...

I will check out the Salon piece, thanks. She started to question why her son died, which is natural, and part of the grief process. What she found out when she questioned it, has lead her on this journey. I hope it helps her as much as she is helping others by coming forward, despite the vilification.

11:02 AM  

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