Tuesday, September 21, 2010
An earth shattering experience
On 4th September 4.35am the lives of many Christchurch residents and business people changed forever as most of us were awoken from a peaceful slumber to the sound of breaking glass, creaking walls and the rumbling of the earth beneath us an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 shattered our hopes and dreams.
Never in a million years did we ever think our beautiful city and landscape would be changed forever by mother nature in this way.
We have been humbled and amazed at the generosity and kindness shown to us all from friends and neighbours and from a homestay point of view to find that during this distressing and trying time, how many of our past students have taken the time to phone, txt or email more than once to check on our well being and find out if there is anything they could do to help.
We have heard from such a lot of lovely people who have stayed in our home over the past 15 years, from as far away as Denmark, Sweden, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan you all know who you are. The support has been great and we really appreciated hearing from you all. It is really nice to know that you all still think of us “under the bed” or as our current student reminded me “the end of nowhere”.
We are thankful for no major loss of life, thankful for the tireless efforts of those who have toiled over the past few weeks.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
On behalf of all the other Dominion English School homestays I would like to thank you all.
Lorraine and Paul Pentecost