Every time I think about Japan’s recent crisis I get this sick feeling in my stomach.  It’s the sort of feeling I got a few weeks ago when I read about the New Zealand quake.   But worse.

The news that gets filtered to us just gets worse and worse and worse.  The headlines today about over a thousand bodies washing up on shore accompanied by photos like this of people grieving is heartbreaking.  Nuclear power plant failures, millions of people facing a fourth night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures in the northeast, the rising death, homeless and injured reports.  It’s almost more than I can stand.

And I’m just a virtual spectator.

Photo from Yahoo! News

When the earthquake in Haiti happened last year, I didn’t talk to my children about it.  I just didn’t want to tell them that hundreds of thousands of people had died, been injured and had their lives effected by a natural disaster.  About two weeks after the quake hit my 6 year old came up to me with tears in his eyes and asked me why I hadn’t told him about what had happened to all of those people.

My only answer was that I didn’t want to.  I just plain didn’t want to.

This time I’ve talked to all of my children about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  They have been amazingly mature in their questions, and their desire to help in some way made me proud that they have the sort of hearts that make them hear about people they’ve never met and want to help.

It’s still heartbreaking though, and something that I wish didn’t need to be talked about.  I wish, I wish, I wish.

I wish there was more that I could do for all of those families going without necessities, and family and friends.

I keep thinking about what we’d do in the same situation.

And those thoughts make me want to go back to bed.  And cry.

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  1. This was beautiful, Angie. Truly beautiful. Thank you for writing it.

  2. A very sad event. It really does tug at your heart and I too lay awake at night wondering what would happen if something this catastrophic happened here. I try not to think about it, but my mind wonders.

  3. I know. It is SO terrible. Every time I turn on the news or go to yahoo.com, the stories get worse and worse. I am proud of you that you talked about it with your family. I think that was a really good thing to do. Hopefully talking about it together gives everyone the outlet they need.

  4. What a poignant post. My heart just aches for the people of Japan. The thought of enduring such a disaster with my family panics me. Pulling the covers over my head is definitely a response I would like to take too when those thoughts creep in. It’s just awful…….

  5. It’s so HARD. I touched on this in my post today too because my (almost!) 7 year old is asking questions and I wish SO badly that the questions didn’t even have to be there…

  6. It’s devastating. Watching the stories unfold have been heart breaking, and I think it is such a beautiful sign of our future generations that your lil’ ones want to help. Thinking about what it would be like if such tragedy struck here is something I’ve pondered over the last two days. I split time between San Diego and Seattle…2 hot spots for “the big one”. But what can we do? All I can think of is prayer + preparation. My heart goes out to everyone in Japan and all those affected. I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped, donated, etc. Every little bit counts.

  7. I’m so with you. I tried to blog about something else today, but it is dominating my thoughts. I feel so horrible and so, so helpless!! There has been too much tragedy!

  8. My heart aches for those poor, unfortunate people. I haven’t told my kids about this situation, like you I just don’t want to. But, then again, my oldest is only in the 1st grade. I’m not sure he’d be mature enough to “get it”. Plus, he internalizes his emotions and I just don’t want him to worry about it.

  9. I agree but my girls are doing something about it. Our Girl Scout troop is donating our cookie money and mobilizing the students in our school to give a dollar:-) Even at 7, I am teaching them to change the world:-)

  10. It’s a good reminder that preparation is the best way to have peace in a world that is in a down hill slide…

  11. My heart goes out to those to those people. It is so terrible what they are going through.

  12. I know! It’s all so sad 🙁

  13. It’s breaking my heart too and it’s so frustrating to just sit here, live my life, and not be able to help. They just need so.much.help.

    I don’t get goose bumps very often, but watching the footage of what their lives have become sends me over the edge. I’m kind of glad that the Crazies are still too young to have these talks. It’s just too hard.

  14. Thank you for posting this! And thank you for the prayers!

    ~Debra in Japan

  15. It is so heartbreaking. I have shielded my girls from this disaster, so far. I just can’t even begin to tell them how horrible it is for all the people in Japan. Just heart breaking…