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Counting Blessings

upper buncton Spring has sprung, and the gardens are starting to take on the lush new growth that tells us we are on the right road. The clocks will go forward very soon and the light levels will make everything grow like mad. I can’t help but feel that my emotions and passion for the garden are on hold today after the terrible images from Japan and the tsunami, which seems to be more devastating than the earthquake itself.

8.9 on the richter scale! You can’t even begin to imagine it. I was in an earthquake once. A very small one by comparison. It’s so unbelievable to see the ground under your feet wave up and down, as though the sea itself has washed underneath the tarmac. Cars bounced backwards and forwards like children’s toys, smashing against each other with complete disregard for their paintwork. I was in a record shop, and across the street I saw women in a laundry climbing into the metal tumble driers for safety. In the shop, we hurried underneath tables as cassettes and records fell from the shelves around us. It made me want to get away from any country where the very ground under my feet couldn’t be trusted to stay perfectly still. It was a frightening experience, and I can only imagine how those poor Japanese people are feeling today. A friend told me that he knew somebody from the New Zealand earthquake last week who had lost his brother. He was sitting in a restaurant talking to him, and then the ground opened up and completely swallowed him and he was gone. Just like that. Forever. And the ground closed again. I could have nightmares about that. At the moment, no amount of new growth or lighter nights can remove that kind of horror from somebody’s life. We are just so lucky that our lives can encompass the joy of Spring. And count our blessings – yet again.

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