|Early Monday this week|
|Tuesday evening 14th (today)|
This week, it has been shattering to see usually staunch and capable people so anxious, tired and unfocused. These are people who have not lost their homes or contents, but are still on edge; concerned about possible outcomes, keeping working when tired, checking for hidden damage to their homes and businesses. As one said, they had trouble stringing a sentence together, let alone work.
Many people feel like this and it is no wonder that the counselling services are overstretched. So many have lost homes and livelihoods: the anxiety and grief are overwhelming them.
At least it is great to see the city returning to life. Meetings about saving heritage buildings are underway, aid is flowing in, schools have returned. Hotels and motels and restaurants are open. Tourists are returning.
Many things have changed forever. But the people are rallying and "one eyed Cantabrians" are supporting each other through it all.
Now I wonder if the snow sweeping the country is going to reach us!