hope you’re ok

March 11, 2011 |  Category:   life

Had a different post planned today, but seemed trivial considering what has happened in the world. Will post tomorrow instead. Was about to go to sleep last night around 2am when I saw the breaking news about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and of course I couldn’t get to sleep. It feels totally strange to see live broadcasts and videos of destruction as it is happening. Not sure how to feel about that. I hope all our readers and friends in that region are ok. Hope the tsunami waves hitting Hawaii produce minimal damage. Living here in NY, we don’t experience the kind of natural disasters that other parts of the world and country experience (not yet anyway and yeah, well, we have terrorist attacks), so I can’t even imagine living through an earthquake or anticipating tsunami warnings. We’re thinking about you.

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  • Renita March 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for this Jenna … my brother is in Tokyo and my mother in Cebu, Philippines … I am grateful both are safe.

  • Jennelle March 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I found out about the earthquake and tsunami first thing this morning. It’s just so heartbreaking. Those affected are certainly in my thoughts ?

  • Jennelle March 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I don’t know why there is a question mark in my comment.

  • jodi March 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    such a shock to wake up to. and the footage really is astounding. my nihonjin friends are in my heart today.

  • Jane in Canada March 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I live in Vancouver, BC, and we have been warned about earthquakes forever, since we’re on the so-called “ring of fire” with Japan and NZ. But no matter how many times people warn you to be prepared, it takes something like this to make you realize just how unpredictable nature is. We just sort of put these things out of our minds, worry about daily life, and forget that in the blink of an eye your whole world can fall apart. I probably still won’t make an emergency earthquake kit, but I’ll be giving my kids some extra hugs tonight.

  • Gaia March 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Yes. That’s exactly how I’m feeling. But you said it better:) Thanks.

  • Jeanie H March 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    It was especially validating to read your post today, since I’ve not been able to sleep either. My mom’s family is in Hakodate and her sisters are not on twitter or even on email, so it’s been challenging to find out if they’re OK. (A six and a half foot tsunami hit their town, so the devastation is nowhere as great as the city of Sendai, but still….)

  • dawn March 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Gosh, I only heard about the news when I woke up this morning and as soon as they started rolling footage of people in buildings and running out of them I had to change the channel. I know what it’s like to be in a massive earthquake 🙁 That is definitely the one thing I don’t miss about living in Japan. I’m praying for all those families dealing with this…

    Jeanie, I hope your mother’s family is safe. I wish I could offer more than a virtual hug.

  • Linnea March 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Friends in Tokyo are ok, thankfully, but so many people are not …

  • Jana March 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Jenna: Hi from Hawaii. Thanks for the kind words and wishes. You’re right, it’s impossible to sleep during these kinds of events and I couldn’t help but just stay glued to the tv all night. The video footage of Japan was terrifying, unbelievable, heartbreaking….We did suffer some damage and loss here in Hawaii but for the most part, most of us got away really, really lucky..

    An avid reader of your blog 🙂

  • Jess (Where My Heart Is) March 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This is terrible news and my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. My 16 year old daughter said “see Mum the world is ending”, she doesn’t really think this but it is a reflection of how her age group are seeing the world. I think with so many natural disasters happening so close together in our region of the world (Asia-Pacific). In January we had the floods in Brisbane where we live, then cyclone Yasi further north in our state, then the earthquake in Christchurch, NZ and now Japan! So much devastation. The loss of life is heartbreaking.