This is the first anniversary of the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Japan and threatened the Hawaiian islands. I will never forget that awful night that I spent waiting anxiously for news of the unthinkable devastation in Japan and wondering about the fate of Maru-san while preparing myself for a potentially destructive tsunami.
Even though I’d seen the tsunami inundation zone maps and knew my home is outside the danger zone, the hours spent waiting and preparing for the arrival of the tsunami were still really scary. The worst part was definitely the wailing of the tsunami sirens – that sound is absolutely terrifying… If just the possibility of a disaster is that frightening, I can’t imagine how terrifying the actual earthquake and aftermath must have been for so many Japanese kitties.
Thousands of Japanese cats and their humans lost their lives one year ago, and thousands more lost their homes, loved ones and livelihoods. Thankfully, Maru-san was unharmed and the tsunami damage in Hawaii was minimal and limited to property. So today, in commemoration, I will spend the day appreciating every little bit of my life and being thankful for all that I have. Even the diet cat kibble. I suggest that you do the same.
P.S. Kitty seems to have cat napped through the entire event and still doesn’t believe me when I tell her about it.