I had no sooner posted my gentle observations about the overnight snowfall, then Mark got up and turned on the news.
You know the rest of that story.
This is how modern technology connects us all together, just like the natural disasters on this planet tie us all together. The earthquake in Japan has the potential to devastate lives in Hawaii with a tsunami, and here in the midwest, we can do no more than watch, wait and hope for the best possible outcome.
My peaceful thoughts of the morning have turned on a dime.
We were in Japan briefly in 2004. The company where Mark worked, Procter and Gamble, wanted him to relocate there for two years. We took our two youngest children who were still living at home at the time to look at schools, houses and the possibility of moving ourselves there. We did not relocate and that eventually led to Mark’s early retirement and my early morning panic attacks.
Mark had traveled several times to Japan through the course of his working at P&G. One time he was stuck on a stopped subway train. He was impressed by the quiet, calm aplomb with which the Japanese natives, who all remained seated and silent, reacted to this major inconvenience. That would never happen in America.
We were in Hawaii last month, on the island of Kauai. Never have I been on a trip where the people were kinder or more friendly. It truly felt like the people live a vacation there. The magical land of Hanalei is on the north side of Kauai, in jeopardy of getting hit hard by the tsunami that they know is on the way.
I’ll watch and wait and hope.