A Year After the Tsunami  

rm_GerBear1 56M
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12/25/2005 8:39 pm

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3/23/2006 10:35 pm

A Year After the Tsunami

On a totally different note, I've been reflecting on one little bright spot in the horror that swept the coasts of Indonesia, India and that whole part of the world. A year ago today some vacationing friends head out for a day of boating, to do some diving and enjoy the great weather out away from the tourist-jammed hotels along the coast.

Mid-way through their day the captain got a strange feeling, got everyone back in the boat and actually headed OUT away from the coast. The only thing they noticed was a large swell that passed under their boat. The captain still didn't feel right about anyone being in the water, so they called it a day, and sailed back to the port.

They were utterly unprepared for the devastation that they saw when they got back in sight of the coast. Their hotel, and all the rest along that shore had been completely inundated, most of the building, and all of their belongings they'd left in it swept away.

They went through plenty of challenges getting back here to Japan, but were humbled and thankful more than upset. That they had been spared out of the many, many thousands who were also on that coast and weren't so fortunate left them, and me, deeply thankful. It's nice to have them around to celebrate this Christmas...especially when I see the images of those who are spending this Christmas mourning the loss of loved ones.

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