Anyone can get through a crisis, it’s the day to day life which gets you down.
I don’t know to whom I should credit that aphorism, but it has more than a grain of truth in it.
When a crisis strikes, adrenalin kicks in, you put aside your feelings and do what has to be done.
But when the worst is over, you have to deal with the aftermath and cope with the realisation that normal isn’t normal anymore.
Now as the days wear on the euphoria of being alive is waning and the scale of the disaster is weighing on us heavily. No-one is sleeping much as aftershocks rattle our frayed nerves and exhausted, hollowed eyed faces are everywhere. It will be some time yet before we know the full extent of what this has cost us financially & emotionally.
Tens of thousands of people are going through something similar as they come to terms with the knowledge that they have lost their treasures, their homes and their workplaces.
The financial and emotional cost of that is immense and that’s why John Key made the right decision to cancel his trip to Britain and Europe.
Mr Speaker, the thoughts and sympathy of the New Zealand Government are with the people of Canterbury in the aftermath of this earthquake.
As the frightening aftershocks continue, we stand alongside them, committed to helping them rebuild their lives.
It would have been difficult to do that from the other side of the world.
Cancelling the trip means giving up a rare opportunity to be the guest of the Queen at Balmoral.
It may be a symbolic gesture but it shows Canterbury, and the rest of the country, that he really is prepared to do all he can to help not only in the heat of the crisis but in the return to every day life when normal isn’t normal anymore..