I ache when she comes to work like this, bruised and swollen. We all know what happened last night, she bears the remnants of the beating for some unknown, unjustified reason. There is no reason in it. Just another broken man, beating his broken wife, my dear friend, again.
Somehow, she finds the will to come to work. She almost never misses, sick as anything, she will come to “be” here. We dreamed of creating a safe place. It is…not perfect but certainly safe. So many women, find it a safe place, a home of sorts, a place of welcome, respect and dignity, so much so that I have heard it often said, “if we were open on Sunday, I would come here”. For this, we are thankful. And we are broken, that home for so many of the women of Sari Bari is still not a safe place.
So, my friend, our sister, she makes her way to work beaten or sick or sad, she steps toward safety, toward love, toward community. She makes her way toward a safe place, our shared home and workplace to find welcome and comfort; a place where her wounds both physical and emotional are tended. She is a unique gift to our community. She loves with a strength that I find difficult to comprehend, a deep well that springs with mothering care, forgiveness and compassion. She is undoubtedly one of my hero’s, a woman I follow after, want to be like, to be able press forward, even in pain, and still love with abundance.
I don’t want to her to stay with her husband, I desperately want her to leave, for her know her own value, her own strength, to be able to see herself, as I do, as we do, who sit around her as she stitches the finishing touches on most every blanket and scarf that comes through for final quality control. She is our finishing artist, our faithful friend who feeds us, and mothers us and holds us as we hold her.
Until all places are safe, we press on…