I know it’s been ages since my last post – 7 months!! I can hardly believe it, but then again, writing isn’t one of my strong points. I’ll try to make more of an effort in the future.

Let’s see… I’m trying to think about all that has happened during these past 7 months. Well, for sure the most memorable thing that has happened that I can think of right now is the big earthquake/tsunami disaster that we experienced here in Japan 2 months ago.

I’ve lived in Japan on and off for about 7 years or so and I’ve NEVER experienced what I did that day. I don’t live close to where the epicenter of the quake was, I live on the other side of Tokyo, but boy did we shake. Mostly though, was the strange eerie feeling that followed the quake.

I was taking a rest with my two youngest (my oldest four were still in school) when I started to feel the shaking, then it just got stronger and stronger. I could tell that it wasn’t your usual shaking but something more serious. I woke my two kids and we ran outside… we could see the trees swaying and the ground beneath our feet was moving, it was crazy. I’m sure others in Japan have felt earthquakes like that, but I hadn’t…. anyway, we stood outside waiting for it to stop. My kids’ school is right next to our house and the pool is on the top of the building, we could hear the swooshing of the water up there. I prayed desperately that all would be okay.

My phone connection didn’t work neither did my internet so I was without any communication or way to find out what exactly happened or even if my husband who was working in Tokyo was okay. One of my neighbors came asking if I knew that I had to go pick up my kids from school since there was an emergency… another neighbor came letting me know that my husband had called to say he was okay (she had FB and her phone connected). Boy was I was glad to hear that.

It wasn’t until 10:30 pm that night that I finally got my internet back and was able to talk with my husband. He was stuck in Tokyo for the night and said he’d try his best to come back the next morning. I never prayed so hard that no other quakes would come.

We did have lots of aftershocks especially during the next month, but none as serious. It came to the point where it was basically a part of life, shaking here, shaking there… One thing I’m thankful for is that we were able to stock up and learn what we need to have on hand in case of emergencies. The kids also have been having regular drills in school to know what to do when there’s an emergency.

I’d like to end here with a word about Japanese people. I always liked the Japanese and how polite and thoughtful they are of those around them, but it became all the more apparent after the earthquake. People took everything in stride, calmly, reverently. No complaining. No confusion. No fuss. I have fallen in love with Japan and the Japanese people all over again. I’m convinced that I’m in the best place in the world and I know everyone will handle the problems that have come up as a result of the disaster as best as possible.

I love you Japan and I’m proud to be living among you!