Today I cried ....
They keep showing the photo of that little 8 month old boy who died when his TV fell on him during the quake. Being a parent myself it really touched me and opened the flood gates as I can only imagine the heartbreak that his mother must be going through.
I cried for how lucky we were and how easily it could have all gone wrong.
I cried for the future being so uncertain and a beautiful city left in ruin.
I cried for all those poor people who have lost their homes and belongings.
I cried for all those who are still without power, water and working toilets and may be without them for some time.
I cried for all those still missing and the pain and loss that their families must be suffering.
I cried for the lives lost in such a terrible disaster.
It felt good to cry ....
Amongst such sorrow there are also reasons to smile. The support both from around New Zealand and Internationally has been amazing. There are so many wonderful people working so hard to do everything they can to restore power, provide water, food, medical attention and shelter to those who need it. Also those who are working so hard to rescue people from amongst the rubble. That cannot be an easy task.
There are many amazing stories surfacing of communities banding together and helping one another, acts of selfless heroism that ultimately helped save lives.
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed in some way no matter how big or small. Its all very much appreciated.