In touch, Zooming, Messaging,
We are not alone.
They say we won't have the internet much longer here in Haiti, at least for as long as the fuel crisis lasts. Electricity relies on fuel, ISPs need fuel for their generators, everything that needs to be delivered or repaired or maintained needs fuel. (Here's a good article explaining why we have a fuel crisis in Haiti right now.)
As long as the internet works, it's one of the things I'm most thankful for. I remember the fuel embargo of the early nineties here in Haiti. I remember how cut off from the outside world we felt, and really were. Especially when it expanded into a flight embargo, and planes weren't coming, and mail wasn't coming. We didn't have internet then. We didn't have cellphones. We didn't even have a working landline where we lived. For a while we had one where we worked, but it stopped functioning at some point. I remember that when my husband's sister got married, he had to walk to a hotel that had a line he could use to call and congratulate her.
Many things are worse this time around, so much worse that those far-off embargo times feel like the good old days. But one thing that's better is that we are not disconnected. We are in touch. In touch with families and friends. In touch with readers. The sense of being forgotten, while definitely real, is not as intense as it was then. I'm thankful.
Birdtober? Gratiku? What's up with me and these made-up words and daily posting? Well, I've learned that a tiny little burst of creativity each day helps keep me going, stops me from being entirely fixated on the mess. That's why I post daily photos on Facebook. And that's why I'm doing these writing projects. This one is a daily haiku about something I'm thankful for. (A gratitude haiku - get it?) As long as the internet keeps working, I'm going to try to post one every day in November.