Friday, March 13, 2009

Perspective

I woke up today grumpy. The drip, drip, drizzle of rain and the gloomy dark of 7 am (now that we're on DST) made me want to call in, keep the kids home, go back to bed for an extra burrow.

But I got up, because it's Friday, and tomorrow will be time enough for sleeping in.

I drove the kids to school, listening to an old Jackson Browne album; never a good call if you're trying to cloudbust the mental thunderstorm, because that man is dark. But it fit my mood.

I came home, thought about writing, then thought better of it.

I surfed. I read.

Why was Maggie Dammit posting again so soon?
This was why:

Paul NZ said...
Dear friends of Braja, my name is Paul (Prananatha das) and I'm a close friend of Braja's from NZ. I'm currently staying in Mayapur. It is with great sadness that I must inform you all that Braja & her husband Jahnu had a serious car accident on the way to the airport. This is NOT a joke. Their taxi collided head on with a truck at high speed at aprox 6am yesterday morning. She and Jahnu are in the ICU at Kolkata Apollo hospital. Braja has suffered a broken arm, facial injuries and possible hip injuries. She had plastic surgery on her face yesterday. She is conscious. Jahnu has suffered broken ribs, punctured lungs, punctured liver, broken legs and arms and has a fractured skull. He has not regained consciousness since the accident. He has a 60% chance of survival. We all devotees here in Mayapur are very shocked and saddened by this event. We are praying for their swift and complete recovery and ask with folded palms that you all will add them to your prayers. I am here in Mayapur till Sunday 15th March and will follow this blog as much as possible and send through information as it comes to hand. Yours in service to Lord Krsna and His devotees, Prananatha das, Sri Dham Mayapur.


Suddenly my gray skies and grumpy mood mean exactly zero in the bigger scheme of things. Please send her a good thought today, or go by and wish her well in person. And then hug all your loved ones today, because that sweetness we crave in this life? It's right there in front of you.

Braja at Lost and Found in India:
http://lostandfoundinindia.blogspot.com/

16 comments:

Pyzahn said...

Ah, gosh. So sorry. Hope all turns out well. Sending light and good thoughts.

Vodka Mom said...

I'm with you. I am weak at the knees.

Maggie, Dammit said...

What my girl Vodka Mom said.

tysdaddy said...

I too saw this over at Maggie's. Nothing like a dose of perspective as we head into the weekend . . .

flutter said...

Braja is good, good people

Wife and Mommy said...

I saw this at Maggie's as well. Thinking of her.

I wanted to drop by to say thank you for your support in my Super Heavy Duty Post on Violence Unsilenced. I appreciate it greatly.

BlackenedBoy said...

I really do believe that if a person tries to focus on the good in his own life he can usually call himself fortunate.

Sometimes the hardships of others make us realize what we have.

Arizaphale said...

From what I've heard about traffic and driving in India it's no surprise that something like this happens. A shame it takes someones else's misfortunes to put our own lives in perspective eh? Let's hope she and her husband are on the mend soon. As for Jackson Browne?....oh yes! Love him.
Cheer up dear heart. I am still glowing from your cheer leading Tourettes. Can't wait for the musical.

A Free Man said...

Jackson Browne is one of my favorite songwriters.

I don't 'know' Braja, and obviously it's a tragedy but it's reassuring to know that her readers know what's going on. I've always wondered how I would find out if something happened to one of my blogging 'friends'.

San Diego Momma said...

Oh no! I've read Braja before...what awful news.

Prayers on their way.

Pyzahn said...

You've been off the blogs for a long time. Hope all is well.

hele said...

i am praying*

hele said...

also hope you are well.

♥ Braja said...

Dearest WBT :) Finally I get around to a personal note...I just started to read through all the prayers and good wishes sent to us after the accident, and your good name was amongst them. I came here to leave you my loving thanks, and find this page with more evidence of your kindness and affection...I am touched, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you for your kindness and healing help....
with great affection,
Braja xx

Kelley said...

Yeah, not really commenting on the post, what with it being a month old or so. Just making sure your alive and well. Missed your voice. Come back soon.

A Free Man said...

Long time, nothing from you. All well?