My kids are fast asleep in their soft, warm, cozy beds. They had a good dinner with desert. They even got to play in a tub filled with bubbles and toys. Then, when it was time for bed, they got cuddles, kisses, and M and I sang to them after turning out the lights.
My kids are blessed.
In Japan, tonight 100,000 children are displaced from their homes.
One hundred thousand.
Because of the time of the Earthquake it’s believed that many of those kids are without their parents. They would have been at school or daycare when the disaster occurred.
My kids have watched a tiny bit of the footage of the Japan disaster. On the first day I had the TV on because I was watching for our own Tsunami scare and they caught some dribs and drabs. We’ve been fielding questions ever since.
Over three years ago we had a minor-ish earthquake here. The house started shaking moments after we’d finally gotten both kids to sleep. M ran to get C out of her crib as I grabbed Little L, an infant at the time, out of her bouncy. We stood, all four of us huddled in the same doorway, holding tight to each other as the whole house shook around us.
That night I felt utterly helpless. For weeks I made sure we all slept with doors wide open so no one would get trapped in a room in the case of a worse incident. But we were fine. The next day we all went to work as usual. The only thing left to remind us of that quake are a few cracks in the walls.
The Japanese had an earthquake thousand times more powerful, and when it was done a massive tsunami washed over them.
Three years ago my two-year-old was traumatized by a little “shaky shaky” that ended with her safe in her own crib an hour later. I just can’t fathom how terrified and traumatized those 100,000 Japanese kids are today.
It makes me want to go hug kids and sing lullabies until I’m hoarse.
Stephen McDonald, who is leading Save the Children‘s team in Japan, said the most pressing worries for children living in evacuation centers were lack of water and psychological problems associated with trauma and stress.
We can’t all rush over there to hug little kids, but we can give up our morning coffee to send a little bit of money to help Save the Children do what they do best – help the children.
A large group of Social Media Moms and I are teaming up today to help spread the word. Come help us. Tell your friends. Tell your readers. Tell your followers and ask them to tell their friends. Send them to this link http://bit.ly/SMMJapan and let’s see if we can bring some much needed water, food, and comfort to those 100,000 kids.