We’re all fine, thanks for asking.

Thankful that our evacuation plan worked. Within seconds of the first big shock everyone was out of the house and into the truck where we waited out the first of the aftershocks in relative warmth and comfort, able to listen to updates on the radio. In between jolts, we were joined by neighbours until everyone in our shared driveway was safe and we took turns comforting the terrified babies and checking the houses for damage. It wasn’t until power was restored late Saturday afternoon and we saw the devastation for ourselves that we realised how very fortunate we were. A few broken plates and glasses. Nothing really.

The toll on people, however, is indescribable. Everyone is exhausted, physically and mentally shattered.  Nerves are frayed and the feeling of panic and dread is a constant companion. The merest rumble is enough to make us stop in our tracks, hearts racing, poised for flight.  Sleep is fleeting, waking in wild-eyed heart racing panic 3 or 4 times a night to fling ourselves under the nearest door frame, wondering if this is finally the promised 6.something  aftershock that will smash the rest of our glass and china and topple what’s left of the city’s heritage buildings. Once awake it’s impossible to get back to sleep, adrenalin keeping every fibre alert, poised ready to grab what is most precious as we escape the shuddering house again… and again.  Schools are closed til Monday, not so much because of the damage or the danger, but because people  need to be with their families and they need a break from this knife-edge way of life. As if we could bear to let our children out of our sight anyway. We make light of it to family and friends who call, concerned, offering beds in other cities but life feels fragile and hysteria is very close to the surface.

So we carry on, we muddle through, we take care of each other, we wait. Really, we’re fine. But thanks for asking.

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15 responses to “We’re all fine, thanks for asking.

  1. We’re thinking of you- you must all be exhausted. I hope the chch substrata stops its shennanigans soon.

  2. Evil Gym Mom

    lotsa hugs and best wishes for strong door frames

  3. It sounds like an absolute endurance test. Glad to hear you are all well and the house survived. Hope things “settle” and I mean that literally for you soon so that the trauma of the ‘not knowing’ can begin to fade.

  4. Linda in Wisconsin

    So glad you are “fine,” but it sounds not quite fine to me. I’ve never really been in one. Don’t know what to say, except prayers coming your way. I have read accounts before of how traumatizing aftershocks are. Please update when you can, the news has slacked off up here which is ridiculous.

  5. Deb

    Oh my gosh…I am so glad you posted to your blog. I was going to email you tonight to see how you were. Been thinking of you and wondering how you all were faring. Our thoughts are with you all.

  6. Thank God you’re okay. I cannot begin to imagine how you are all feeling, although you have put it into words so eloquently. Take care.

  7. Oh so hard, you poor things. Kia kaha and arohanui to you all.

  8. So very thankful that you posted! Have been praying for you (and will continue to do so). Glad to know you are physically safe. Praying for rest and peace and security in the days to come.

  9. Linda in Wisconsin

    I’d like to add that I’ve always admired your strength, resilience, resourcefulness and sense of humor and I know these are going to help you get through this. I hope the ground stops shaking, soon, though.

  10. Glad to know that you and your family are all ok. Take care.

  11. Juanita

    When I heard about the earthquakes in New Zealand, I checked your blog hoping that you and your family were OK, but it was too soon, and now I am relieved to read that you are all fine. I have enjoyed reading your blog for quite some time now. Your talent for writing is wonderful, as is your creativity with fabric and needles! (I hope James and his group won the competition.)

  12. hello to our fave southern cuzzies… by now you’ll be completely soaking (pun intended – yeah i’m full of it, i mean THEM this week). hope you souvenir a bloody great wine stash. i must admit i cried a few tears of shaky relief at your first text last weekend. huuuuge love and kisses. oh and i forgot to say – fraser is talking about a Big Road Trip next summer – in a year and a bit – can’t wait to park up at yours if you’ll have us X X X X X X X

  13. That sounds awful. I can’t even begin to imagine how you all must be feeling. My thoughts are with you. Take care of each other and enjoy Hamner Springs.

  14. Steph

    So thankful you’re all well. Very surreal watching coverage on TV and my heart ached for everybody affected.
    My husband tells me that in the polls Bob Parker is now the favourite mayoral candidate in the upcoming Auckland SuperCity elections (once of the drawbacks of democracy but let’s not go there).

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