“You’re so lucky!”
That’s the line I’ve heard repeatedly over the last two days. Along with: “wow, you must be a cat.”
Of course, for the people left behind, in Sendai city, in the Tohoku region, life has been nothing like that. No luck for those who have survived. For them, there is no charm in being stuck in the wake of Friday’s massive 8.9 earthquake, and the multiple aftershocks of Mag-6 or more that have followed. For them, at the moment, there is debris in the roads, days and nights spent in refugee centers, no running water, or open gas lines, or electricity. Life after the quake and tsunami in Tohoku is not easy at all.
Cut off from them, as I am now, with no working phone service and much of the Internet down, I can only pray for the people I left behind on that day.