As writers, we observe life and report on it.
Here's an email from a friend's son who lives in Japan with his wife. I thought you might find it interesting:
"We had an appointment to put our money down on the house yesterday but the realtor canceled it and told us to think it over a bit more.
We went to look at the house yesterday and the driveway and stone wall surrounding it were cracked. The tsunami also came up to the wall (about an inch) but didn't enter the yard.
It was amazing. Yesterday was the first time we had been out since the quake. The roads were all cracked, some telephone poles were bent. The supermarket shelves were bare... It looked like the apocalypse.
Apparently, there is no water in Kashima. We are ok because our house uses well water. As long as we have electricity we'll be fine. Speaking of which, they are about to cut our electricity for a few hours as part of a plan because apparently they don't have enough to go around. Anyway, we've opened our house to my co-workers to come and use for showering etc. and so far two have taken us up on it.
There is a lot of conflicting reports and information coming in as far as the power situation and the power plant (about 150 kilomoters north of us) which they are apparently now cooling down with sea water.
Thank you for the donation. Like I said, we are fine, but the images of the devastation up north is horrific.
I have tomorrow off and it's 'wait and see' for Wednesday. "
The hardest thing I had to do today was make dinner. We have plenty of electricity and plenty of water, and all of our loved ones are safe.
What was the hardest thing you did today (or yesterday)?