As we mentioned yesterday, we're off to Christchurch later today. Blogging may (or may not) be intermittent over the next few days.
We travel today with mixed feelings. Part of us wants to get down there now, and has wanted to ever since February 22nd. But another part of us is somewhat more reticent. It's not that we believe the Moon Man; we just know that this is going to be an emotional time. We have family, friends and staff who have been forced from their homes. We have a funeral to attend, a month after the person's death. We'll do whatever we can to help whoever we can while we're down there.
Christchurch changed after the 4 September earthquake. That change was far more profound on February 22nd. We are, of course, only going by the pictures we are seeing in the media; we're told that the real picture is far worse. By sunset tonight, we'll be amongst whanau; whanau from whom we've felt detached since we first learned of the February earthquake a few minutes after it happened.
A busy few days await us; we'll share when we can, but people will be our first priority while we're down south. Homes and businesses can be rebuilt, but the trauma that so many have suffered will take far longer to heal. We're grateful to have the opportunity to play a very small part in the healing process for a few people who are special to us.