The images of destruction caused by last week’s 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan keep streaming on the web and across my television screen.  I’ve decided that it might just be impossible this time to find the words that would adequately describe this nation’s suffering.

But as a novelist, a simple thought keeps coming to mind:  If this were fiction, how would I write the ending?  Could I write an ending that would include resolution and hope for the Japanese people.  Could I write a return to normalcy and how long would that take to rebuild homes, schools, and entire communities?

I do know that my story would include the students from the University of Calgary who held a bake sale to raise money for the relief effort and the Florida preschooler who is selling her own art, also to raise money. (To date, more than $300 have been collected.)

My story would include grand acts of humanity – governments and non-profits sending money, food, medical supplies and rescue teams.  My story would include the smallest gestures – a warm hug for an elderly resident displaced from her home.  Yes, in my story, not a day would pass without extraordinary efforts being made.

My story would include hundreds of millions of people around the world choosing to TEXT “REDCROSS”  to 90999 for an immediate $10.00 donation to the relief effort that would appear on your next phone bill or going to, an organization that is already there on the ground in Japan, and making a donation.

My story would end with no one forgetting as the days go by and the images of destruction stream less often before us that the suffering in Japan, as in Haiti, will continue for a long time.

Posted March 15, 2011 at 7:33 am · 1 comment · Leave a Comment


  1. bermudaonion (Kathy), March 15th, 2011, 9:42 am

    How could anyone not donate to the relief efforts in Japan? Our hearts are breaking for the Japanese.

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