Friday, March 11, 2011

What do we do?

Double disaster would be an understatement when we talk about the condition in which Japan is today.
Last night when I heard the winds blowing like they have life in them, I was hoping that there were no homeless people and that every one had a roof on their head and a steady roof at that. At eleven thirty my husband woke up and asked "What was that", I said I don't know, because I really did not know.  It turned out that people were working at some hot water heater next door. I said "Thank God it was nobody's roof." Then at four thirty in the morning my son calls from Hawaii telling me not to worry. I did not know what he was talking about then he said, "You didn't watch the news, there was an earthquake in Japan and they are expecting a Tsunami to hit Hawaii."
"Oh my God," I said "Where are you?"
"I am at a friend's house and I will call you, don't try to call me and don't worry."
 "OK" I said,"Stay safe."
"OK" he said, and hung up. Since four thirty in the morning today, we have been glued to the TV. I totally forgot about the heavy rains here today, the flood in New Jersey and the number of days people missed work because of the weather. It seems like all our weather problems became petty. I was a nervous wreck, until twelve thirty in the afternoon when my son called again to tell me he is safe, and things are OK in Honolulu. Only then I was able to have breakfast and start the day's work. I am thinking of hundreds of mothers whose kids must be missing, or wives waiting to hear from their husbands and any other family member they are waiting to hear from.  We may be able to send financial help, help with goods and services but my heart goes out for them, whose phone will not ring and whose loved one will not say, "Don't worry I am OK."
I do not have energy to blog today, but they say that we are to maintain records of everything, including the times when nature unleashes it's wrath.


Libby said...

oh, munir, this says a lot of what i've been feeling all day...made me feel petty for not being happy with what i have...

Belle said...

I'm so glad your son is okay. I've also been watching the TV. I feel so bad for the people of Japan.

Rita said...

Sometimes it is hard to be content, then when you see all the devastation you wonder why you're not. I'm so thankful for the blessings that we have here and thankful that your son was ok. What peace of mind you must have.

Footprints of Peace said...
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Footprints of Peace said...

I am also glad to read your son is okay.

Monalisa said...

My heart felt condolences for the people of Japan.

this post almost took me. believe it or not, when i was watching japan swayed by tsunami on tv, i, out of nowhere, thought of you. i can't explain it.

Glad to hear your son is safe.

(Just a comment, no offense)

SciReg said...

This awful event has shaken many people. Unfortunately we can't foresee elements of the nature. Aching it is very glad that with your son are all well.

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

It's so good that your son is safe. I was speechless when I heard the news about the earthquake. I can't imagine the panic and the feeling of hopelessness when nature hits in such a violent way.

Munir, thank you for stopping by my blog, and for your kind comments. Thanks for forwarding Gustavo's info. I just found out that since yesterday, Gustavo is a happy father of Juan Diego, his first child. I'm sure Gustavo has a lot of reasons to feel blessed at this time.

Have a wonderful week!