As a parent, I am uncomfortable answering my daughter’s questions about what happened to the people in Japan when the “earth shook” and then the “ocean came and took people away.”  As I struggle to find the words to explain to her what happened, I accept that there is no explanation. And with a heavy heart, I recognize my own relief that I only have to manage the feelings of explaining this reality to a child – not suffer from the memories of having one pulled from my arms by an unforgiving wave or buried beneath an insurmountable pile of rubble.  And for this reason, I will appreciate what I have, pray for those who lost everything and send whatever I can to the tormented people of Japan.

If you’re looking for a way to help, it’s not hard to find an outlet such as UNICEF or Global Giving. It only takes a few minutes and will bring some hope to those who need it most.

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