China Quake

Anyone else really disturbed at all the photos from China? I’ve seen mothers whaling over their children’s corpse, or little guys still alive and pinned down. There were some photos of floating kids’ corpses from Myanmar too. Its keeping me awake at night.

I don’t know…maybe you gotta have some kids that age to share that grief. Anyone struggling with how good we have it?

I’ve got two little boys…3 and 1.

I’m not even going to look at the pictures.

My 1 year old got 4 shots yesterday at the doctor. I’m still trying to get over that.

Its not bothering me…and it is not because I’m cold and callus (sp?) , although I’ve been accused of such.

I’m just chosen not look at the details because I’ve been down the path you described.

I saw a few pictures and can’t look at any more. There are no words to accurately describe it.

I don’t have kids, but it still bothers me. Moreso, the number of people killed is staggering. I cannot imagine the toll on the area…it will take decades to recover.

I too am pretty disturbed by the photos we have seen coming out of the affected regions in China. I must admit that it hits “close to home” for me, as we adopted our daughter from China (the area she is from was not affected) back in 2004. So on a larger scale, my heart goes out the all the orphans whose only home they know may have been damaged or destroyed, my heart goes out to the moms and dads who have seen their only child perish in the quake… The biggest/most gut wrenching feeling I have is “I am half the world away, how can I help?” If you have that feeling too, I found this website that may provide an outlet for you to make a donation. I cannot tell you whether it is the right one to donate to, or if it is better than some other organization… all I can say is that it is an opoortunity for you to help in some way.

It is natural to have some “guilt” about how good we have it - it is easy to take it for granted. But it is very important to remember that at any moment, some sort of disaster can strike “our world”. My best advice is to hug your loved ones each and every day and let them know how important they are to you. Be conscious of how you spend your time… is that one extra hour of “work” (define that however you wish) really going to payoff for you in the long run? Or would you rather see your child get his first base hit, or your daughter perform in her first dance recital, or be there to haul in you son’s first lunker, or take the time to go visit your parents… you cannot replace those times… but your “work” can wait. It is sad that times and events like in Myanmar and China have to wake us up to that reality, but unfortunately, that is our reality.