Like any mother I worry about my children. I spend my days ensuring they are happy, fed and clean. Even when they aren’t with me, I worry and think about them.
I take so many pictures of my children they almost automatically smile and act funny when I get my camera or phone out. Especially my two year old who is his own number one fan and loves to see photos or videos of himself. I was reading the news on the Internet this week and I came across this powerful image.
This poor little four year old Syrian girl put her hands up to surrender when a photographer pointed a camera at her to take a picture. My heart broke and my stomach sank. This poor little soul is more used to having guns around her than cameras. She is one of the many innocent children living in war zones around the world. I can’t even begin to imagine the fear that these children and their families must feel on a daily basis. The struggles that they would have to endure and the worst part is they are robbed of an innocent childhood through no fault of their own.
While I sit here holding my baby daughter, typing on my phone I realise that we are so, so lucky. Worries that I have about birthday presents, playdates, childcare, clothing and health seem so trivial and irrelevant. I have access to food, water and a health system. These poor people are living in an awful world where pointing guns at children is more common practice than a camera.
This image will remain etched in my mind. I am going to make a concious effort that whenever I start to worry about stupid, first world problems, I will think of this poor little girl and just be happy that my family and I are fortunate enough to live in one of the lucky countries.
If you would like to donate to help child refugees all over the world, you can through Save the children.
Enjoy every day, hug your children, smile and be happy. Some people don’t get these opportunities.