(all images via NYT)
As an adult, it is hard enough to sort out the scope of what has happened in Japan. As a parent, it is even more complex. Atticus is 7. The earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown is the first real catastrophe that he has had to confront. Kids are talking about it at school. He sees things and hears things. I have been struggling with how to help him process all this information. He's at the age where it is no longer possible to shield him from the darknesses that edge life.
I guess that is where I would like the darkness to stay, on the edges. Despite everything, I am an eternal optimist. Without hope, we have nothing.