Monday, January 18, 2010


There was a moment yesterday when I had to decide as a parent if I should hide the terrible truth about life and the miseries that go with it or actually give The Princess and Mini-Husband a crash course in the unexplainable horrors of this world.

I went with the horrors.

We stood at the computer, the three of us, looking at photo after photo on the CNN and BBC news sites. Images of all those people, all those buildings, all that loss, and we talked.

They wanted to know why people put sheets and blankets over the dead, why weren't people digging out the rubble, what happened to the electricity, why did everything fall down?

Here we were in our house, safe and warm, while we looked at those people who've just lost everything.

The Princess said it first, quietly under her breath.

"We're lucky."

And you who are reading this, are too. Remember that.

Médecins sans Frontières

The International Red Cross