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Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?

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  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Lilith __,

    I think there will be a lot of Chch people like me who have a delayed reaction. Until today I’ve mostly felt fine, hardly even cried. But today I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, emotionally.

    Hugs, hon’ – don’t think you’re the only only going cold turkey on the Epinephrine high. The adrenal gland is awesome, but when it stops feeding you the crash is not pretty..

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Lilith __,

    I think there will be a lot of Chch people like me who have a delayed reaction. Until today I’ve mostly felt fine, hardly even cried. But today I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, emotionally. Hoping I have enough braincells left to pack a bag, but not counting on it.

    If it helps (and it won't) I feel exactly the same. It's possibly because I've been working so much, but yeah, I haven't really felt it yet.

    Hugs hon, and keep safe.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Lilith __,

    Being away will mean I can stop feeling I need to be staunch and can be as wimpy and weepy as I like, hurrah!

    Definitely. Go well Lilith.

    Wow, Emma’s on NatRad, cool! So that’s what you sound like.

    Well done Emma.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Fair enough, and something on which we can amicably agree to disagree.When it come to getting my rage on at the Herald, I’m stuck on four successive days of front page Bad Taste Tourettes. Really, when the media has classed up with mercifully few exceptions, this is the worse possible time for the Herald to sink to its usual level.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Paul Williams,

    That's sort of what I sound like, except apparently I was disappointingly unsweary. I'll work on it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Meh... I contained my disappointment by picturing you topless on the radio.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to Emma Hart,

    It was lovely to hear you Emma and, in response to something you said, you and all your friends and loved ones in Christchurch are constantly on our minds.

    ETA: Ranapia...

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Craig, Megan, Jack, thanks heaps. Hugging you all right back! Megan, are you still in Chch or are you home?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3894 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Fringe Fest in Wellington. Nothing like a parental plug. Daughter has a show on this week at Fringe Bar.

    Profits are going to Earthquake. See the link to Fringe Friends of Canerbury.

    I think the Ma and Pa will be there Wednesday night.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Emma Hart,

    That’s sort of what I sound like, except apparently I was disappointingly unsweary. I’ll work on it.

    Can I just say, while we do appreciate the sentiment about how much we are suffering not having our houses destroyed, our families displaced, our work, livelihoods, schooling, toiletries disrupted, that we'll cope.

    This is about 'you'. We would love to be able to do more, but over time we'll hopefully work out how best to do that.

    Take care.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Lilith __,

    Nah, I've been back for a week.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to recordari,

    Exactly -- and it's not a bloody competition. I'm sure Debs Coddington and whoever wrote the headline to her HoS column had their hearts in a good place, but "Today, we're all Cantabrians"/ Nope - nowhere close.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Meanwhile... while we are wondering what is the right thing to say and how to say it...
    Qantas sends bill for earthquake flight

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to recordari,

    Can I just say, while we do appreciate the sentiment about how much we are suffering not having our houses destroyed, our families displaced, our work, livelihoods, schooling, toiletries disrupted, that we'll cope.

    This is about 'you'. We would love to be able to do more, but over time we'll hopefully work out how best to do that.

    I thought that what Emma expressed quite beautifully was a very valid point, actually. It's about all of us. It's about the bereaved, the people in Christchurch who didn't lose their home or any of the loved ones, the people in the rest of the country or overseas who felt a connection to Canterbury and the wider New Zealand community. I thought that it was also the point of Emily Perkins' lovely piece for the Guardian, that she could quite legitimately write as a non-witness, a non-Cantabrian.

    It's about all of us. Just like it is a duty of all of us to participate how we can in the relief and the reconstruction.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    It’s about all of us. Just like it is a duty of all of us to participate how we can in the relief and the reconstruction.

    While I agree there are aspects of it that are about all of us, and I haven’t met or spoken to anyone not affected in some way, it was the suffering by degrees that I’m struggling to get my head around. Earlier in the week I looked up ‘vicarious traumatic stress disorder’, and thought that this could apply to lot of people I know, and a lot of media and rescue, and support personnel who have arrived on the scene afterwards to help bring the full impact of it to the world, and start the recovery. But when it gets as far as my own difficulties in coping, kind of start to feel I should harden up, be thankful for what I’ve got, and see what opportunities arise to help further than the seemingly trivial donation made on Wednesday.

    We could play ‘we’re all in this together’, but seems Qantas might need a gentle nudge from our new friend Gillard, and I’m sure they won’t be the only ones.

    EAT: Emma certainly displayed a generosity of spirit that is quite humbling. Haven't read Emily P's yet, will seek it out.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    In a place far far away- yesterday, in the Oamaru Countdown/Warehouse parking lots, I heard a piper playing- it wasnt especially good piping, but o! it struck us both quite deeply. I rushed* across from the Warehouse side and deposited the contents of our pockets into the pipes’ container. Guess what? He was 11 maybe 12, and had his older sister standing guard: she said, “See the sign? It’s all for Christchurch.”

    *fast hobble

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    From Emily J Perkins piece for the Guardian.

    "You see people right in the centre of their lives just trying to make one thing work,” she says, “so that they can move on to the next thing."

    I can’t find any disagreement with anything you say about that or Emma’s radio piece Gio. Just navigating the path, and the debris keeps falling.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to recordari,

    Haven't read Emily P's yet, will seek it out.

    Here.

    ETA: snappitude.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    (Naturally nobody is saying that we're all equally affected. But what Emma said - that Cantabrians need to feel the solidarity of the rest of us, and the rest of us need Cantabrians to put their experience in words in order to begin to understand what it feels like - was crucial I thought.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Nice to see Helen Clark visiting Christchurch. (She may have already been in the country as her birthday is about now.)

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3227 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Weird, that link has changed and the headline, photo of Helen comforting a friend and her comments have disappeared.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3227 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Anthony Hubbard weighs in on the imagined community. Second half is about the welfare working group - a pretty good example of appropriate political pivot, in my view, but reader beware if it's not your thing.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Is there a list of the confirmed deceased available online somewhere?

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart,

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Thanks Robert, much appreciated.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

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