Normal isn’t normal anymore

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.

Amy Adams’ describes the terror of Saturday morning’s earthquake which destroyed her family’s home and says:

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..

6 Responses to Normal isn’t normal anymore

  1. gravedodger says:

    Is it my political bias when I consider Mr Key’s personal and government response to our disaster to be more appropriate than anything that emanated from the previous lot.
    I don’t think so as J K seems to portray the image of one who actually cares, wants to understand, and does not need the polls to tell him that. Likewise Mayor Bob Parker his leadership is humbling and dedicated and his appearance shows that.
    I am sure Mr Key will get further opportunities to visit with Her Majesty and I am sure that if the roles were reversed our Queen would instinctively know where her presence would be more effective.

  2. gravedodger says:

    Robert you can be a complete tosser at times, I really do hope you don’t ever have to experience the dreadful feeling of hopelessness and dissempowerment (is that a word or just an emotion) that Christchurch has endured in the last few days, it seems incredibly longer than that, and then gain support from the heroic efforts of people led by Mayor Bob and the genuine show of support and help from central government that has so far sustained many of us trying to get some normality back.
    I guess while you would denigrate and minimise the efforts of our current leadership with your warped politically motivated attitude, the rest of us will try to show our appreciation of the efforts of Mr Key, Mr Parker and co as we continue sorting the mess out.
    You probably wont read this Robert, but my verbalizing it is therapeutic for me and selfishly, I am thankful to HP for the forum.

  3. robertguyton says:

    One word from me makes me a complete tosser Gravedodger?
    Are you sure you’re not reading too much into a light hearted jibe?
    And heroic???
    Excuse me?
    As for ‘denigrating’ – gosh! You are a sensitive wee flower!
    I’ll give you denigrating (when the time comes) 🙂

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