I have been riveted to the computer these last few days, watching the disaster in Japan seemingly get worse with each passing minute. I can’t imagine what it would be like to experience an event so incredibly devastating.
The unfolding crisis with the nuclear reactors is breaking my heart. Here’s a country whose older population still has memories of living through Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the technology that killed thousands back in 1945 is now threatening to kill countless others in 2011. As I read about the reactor employees who are now risking their lives to stem the potential armageddon, and who are surely exposing themselves to certain illness and possible death, I can’t help but wonder who they are, who their families are, and whether I would be willing to make the same sacrifice.
And to add insult to injury, the nuclear component of this tragic trifecta of misery is drowning out the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami. It’s shocking to watch the video of the waves gaining murderous momentum, and flattening everything in their wake.
Chloe and her friend wrote an article for their school magazine about the unfolding disaster, and they want to have a lemonade stand to raise money for relief efforts. I told Chloe that I’d match any monies they earn. It’s the least we can do.