Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Nothing to see here
I haven't been around of late. Any communications to the outside world are simply two line updates on twitter or Facebook.
I've been in Christchurch for another week now. As much as it feels odd to say this - things seem to be getting back to normal.
Except really - they aren't.
The real risk with all this is that we have almost acclimatized to the status quo. The signs and symptoms of the quake are still there to be seen but we have normalized or trivialized their existence.
All this would be fine if everyone had power - if everyone had running water - or if everyone had a working sewerage system.
Now the media have thrown away this poor cousin for the horrors of Japan, I worry if the rest of us will also see Christchurch as secondary.
I just worry when I hear of adult men bursting into tears when they're offered a chemical toilet; when people are so grateful for fresh water and a hot meal.
There was an earthquake here. Lest we forget.