Sometimes only a child can say something just the right way, and this is one of those times. Lewis MacDonald of Christchurch wrote this for an assembly to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the big earthquake:
Three years ago when the door was the haven from the crumbling floor, our strength was strained and courage crushed, beams buckled, buildings broke, we needed a light. After the earthquake, aftershocks struck, liquefaction leaked along with our stories. Cats ran, dogs strayed and howled, hoarders gathered their shattered treasures off the ground. The world had dug us a very deep hole. There were casualties, and in our hearts were scars for life.
But cities are like puzzles, except you choose the pieces to fill the holes, and the more people helping the faster it grows. Now is the time to think about what piece you will or already have contributed to help this city get on its feet!
By Lewis MacDonald
Clarkville School, Christchurch, NZ
Beautifully said, Lewis. Kia kaha Christchurch.