Tuesday, March 15, 2011

On going home

Several people have asked if I will be coming home because of all the things going on here in Japan.  Well, I'm already home!  Tokyo, Japan is my home!  This is where I live with my family.

At first I was scared, but now the dust has settled, and things are getting back to normal.  Yes, we have power outages.  Yes, we have long lines at the grocery stores now.  Yes, there is a nuclear plants having problems.  Yes, we are having aftershocks.

But, the power outages are just an inconvenience, and the long lines at the grocery store will end soon, the nuclear power plant is far, far away, and we ALWAYS have earthquakes!

Yes, I'm still nervous and a bit anxious, but I think that's normal considering all that's happened.  But I don't want to uproot my family and move away from everything I have here...I don't want to leave my home!

I love it here!  I love everything about this country, except natto (Japanese fermented soybeans)!  This is my home!   Japan is a great place with wonderful, kind, caring people who are honorable and gracious!  And I am proud and honored to live amongst them.

If things get really bad, which I'm pretty they won't, I'll be evacuated.  Then, I won't have a choice but to leave.  But things are getting back to normal.  There's no need for me to abandon my home.  There's no need to uproot my family.  I think leaving our home would be more stressful for Jude than staying here.  The same goes for me.

So, how can I go home when I'm already here?

3 comments:

Princess Talula said...

Good for you. It's so wonderful to have a city you love to live in and a place you feel like is your home. Natural disasters happen everywhere. Yours was a biggie! But, just think if everyone would have moved away from our hometown after the many hurricanes or tornadoes wiped everything out for the millionth time. Life is all about the shake ups and how you handle them. Y'all seem to be doing an excellent job! I am so glad you are safe and mostly out of harm's way. Keep us updated.

Tara said...

Beautifully put, my friend! Home is where you make it, not necessarily where you're from. Thinking about all of you and sending hugs your way!

Ronda Saenz said...

You stay in Japan just as long as you possibly can. As much as I was ready to leave, I would go back in a heartbeat. It was truely a life changing experience.