by Chrysula on February 3, 2012 in children's health,mothering,parenting

I spent two days in Washington DC this week as part of my new role as Community Manager for the Million Moms Challenge attending the Shot@Life Volunteer Summit. It was an incredible experience and you can read all about it here.

Champions Cindy Levin and the Mocha Moms Team, Rebecca Bernard Aguiar and LaShaun Martin

At the end of our second day together, we were asked for our key takeaways. My high impact moment (how to choose one from so many?) was hearing World Moms Blog founder Jen Burden talk about a time of great pain and loss in her life. A time when she remembered crying out in her heart, “is there anyone out there in the world who can help save my child?”

She likened it to the rising sense of compassion she felt for mothers all over the developing world losing their children to easily preventable diseases in this modern time. And in my heart the answer came as clearly as if someone had spoken aloud to me. “Us”.

Not in some patronizing way. Not the superior lifting up the inferior. Not even the advantaged lifting up the disadvantaged. In the human way. One soul connecting to another.  What is the gorgeous phrase? “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for?” *

*by Poet June Jordan, Poem for South African Women, 1980

A few of the posts by fellow Champions from the Shot@Life Volunteer Summit are here:

Shot@Life Blog


Third Eye Mom

Wired Momma

Roots & Wings

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