Monday, March 14, 2011

Been Awhile...

It's been awhile since I lasted posted. I've been a little busy with a community project. Our little beach town of Capitola By the Sea is going through some changes. You can't see them yet, but the whole community is on the cusp of making some changes. Our City plan is outdated (1989) and it needs to be overhauled. Thankfully, our city leaders are reaching out to the community and wanting our input. I love our little, sleepy beach town. People come from all over to vacation here. It's a great place to raise kids, especially, boys! However, with all the surfing and skateboarding that takes place here, our community of Capitola still lacks a skate park for our kids. I have been actively working with another mom, Emily to get a skate park built in our city. It seems like the time is right to have the park built. There is a lot of support for the skate park as well as opposition. Not to bore you further with such ramblings but it's what I've been up to.

The night we went to City Council to request our issue be put on the agenda for discussion, was the same night Japan was hit with the 5th largest Earthquake and Tsunami in our world's recorded history! I felt a little silly the next day. In the wake of what is going on the world... fighting with the city to get a skate park built seemed, well, trivial.  I have felt pretty bad for what our fellow citizens of the world are experiencing at this moment in time. The world seems a little crazy right now. I am so GRATEFUL for life at this very moment. Life is unpredictable, as much as we like to try and predict it, it somehow always laughs at us and proves to us that it's much stronger than we are. We are survivors and I know that Japan will get back on it's feet again...but it's going to be a long time. Our little family has a soft spot for all things Japanese. Jett practices Karate, we love Japanese food and we some Japanese friends. So our hearts are heavy for the people of Japan. Of course when things like this happen you get all sorts of questions from your kids. Jett has been asking some big ones!

Jett: Mom, where did the ocean come from?

Me: Well, there was a Great Flood and it made the oceans.

Jett: Is that how we got fish? All the people drowned and turned into fish?

Me: *laughs* um...well, all the people died but a few... and fish evolved from...from...well, they just evolved.

Jett: What? Mom, none of that makes sense.

*Laugh* *Chuckle* *Sigh*

I hope that your day and week is happy. Let's be grateful for life and take time to reflect on what's really important. Our loved ones. Peace to Japan.

xoc

5 comments:

Melanie Sumner said...

We eat very Japanese in our home, and have many friends that are similarly influenced by food and culture, with friends in Tokyo as well. I've donated what I can but it still doesn't feel like enough. I have always admired the Japanese culture but I am even more in admiration than ever, in hearing how they are dealing with it. Amazing. Makes me so thankful for the precious life I have!!

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