One Year

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Today is just like it was this same day last year.
Same day. Same place. Same people. Same weather.
Not the same event.

Beautiful, bright, sunny day. Warm. The weekend.

Only this time we weren't jolted awake in the middle of the night.

Although we were two nights ago, and it was an almost dejavu moment.

One year on from the 30 seconds that changed our lives. One year of living with earthquakes.
One year of sending your family out in the world everyday and making sure that cellphones are fully charged.
Being sure that before that door closes behind them, you've told them you love them.
Being sure that before you hang up the phone on them you tell them you love them.

Just in case the worst happens.
It's our new reality.

Earthquakes have taught us . . .

. . .  not to take life, or each other for granted.

You can never appreciate that; never really know what that means until it is threatened.

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